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I Excluded 12 Common Foods From My Diet, and It Made My Lifestyle Even Healthier

4. Coffee vs chicory and matcha

I Excluded 12 Common Foods From My Diet, and It Made My Lifestyle Even Healthier
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Everyone drinks coffee, but very few people know that 1 cup of the drink contains about 95 mg of caffeine. Excessive consumption of caffeine can cause nausea, anxiety, heart palpitations, and insomnia.

Chicory invigorates you too, but it doesn’t contain caffeine. Also, there is matcha, a green tea powder with effects that are way milder than that of coffee. In addition, matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress. Unfortunately, not many people know about this healthy drink.

5. Potato chips vs fried chickpeas

I Excluded 12 Common Foods From My Diet, and It Made My Lifestyle Even Healthier
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It’s nice to crunch on some chips, but it’s not really good for your health. So what can you crunch on? You’d be surprised to learn that chickpeas fried with your favorite spices taste almost the same, and they’re just as crunchy. This alternative is also rich in fiber and magnesium, a mineral that is important for controlling blood sugar levels and the functioning of the nervous system.

6. Meat vs tofu

I Excluded 12 Common Foods From My Diet, and It Made My Lifestyle Even Healthier
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Tofu is a food made of soy milk that’s an excellent source of protein and contains essential amino acids. If you want to give up on meat for a while, this soy product can become a great substitute.

By the way, tofu is so “neutral,” you can simply marinate it in your favorite sauce and get the taste you want. The food itself is practically tasteless.