This is something we all struggle with at times. You want to consume a healthy diet but often don’t know where to start, in this blog we will be sharing some tips to get you kick started. Good nutritious food does not have to be boring, tasteless or time consuming.
First of all lets answer some questions you might ask yourself from time to time.
Why eat healthy?
Consuming a healthy diet rich in nutrients will improve your overall health, boost your energy levels and immune system, help maintain a desirable weight, you’ll have a clearer head and will manage stress better and your chances of developing diabetes, cancer and cardio vascular disease will decrease.
What can I change now?
It is important to remember no food is off-limits, when maintaining a healthy diet moderation is key.
Have a look at your current diet and what you consume on a daily basis, you may want to reduce your sugar or fat intake to start off with.
How do you change your eating habits?
Don’t try to change everything overnight, these things can take time.
Always start with achievable goals, like swapping your side of chips for a salad or simply cutting out that extra piece of chocolate you may consume daily.
Experimenting with various foods will help, chuck in lots of veggies, create colourful vibrant dishes to keep things interesting.
Don’t forget to allow yourself occasional treats, you’re more likely to stick with eating healthy if you don’t feel deprived. Allowing the occasional treat also minimises the chance of a binge.
It’s a good idea to prepare your meals or snacks the night before, this will ensure you have food readily available when you are hungry. We often make bad food choices because we are short on time or just can’t be bothered, preparing your food the night before is the perfect way to eliminate bad food choices.
If your goal is to lose weight remember you do not have to starve, eating well-proportioned size meals is totally fine. We should consume 3-6 meals a day depending on the level of physical activity we are doing, the body needs fuel to function properly. Another habit so many of us are guilty of is eating when we are bored, when we aren’t truly hungry. This can be a hard habit to break, here are some tips to help;
- Drink a glass of water
Dehydration and thirst can often be mistaken for hunger. Pour a glass of water, after it has been consumed revaluate your hunger scale.
- Take a walk
Instead of taking in unwanted calories take some off! Taking a brisk walk and getting some fresh air will distract you from snacking, bringing a friend along will further distract you, good conversation flowing and before you know it you’ve walked a few miles.
- Plate the food
To get a better grip on your food intake plating it up can help, seeing what’s on your plate may help get your brain back on track. Plating your food will reduce reaching into a bag continuously, once you’ve finished what’s on your plate that’s it.
- Chew gum
Keep a pack of gum with you. Chewing on a piece of gum can help distract the desire to snack and chew on other foods.
- Read your favourite book
Focus on getting lost in a story rather than fixating on your food cravings. Puzzles and crosswords can also help distract you.
We hope some of these tips and tricks help you, we will be releasing some of our all-time favourite recipes over the next few weeks so stay tuned.