Things can be a little daunting at this point, but don’t worry, healthy nutrition is easier than it sounds. A lot of people believe that strict diets, counting calories and depriving yourself of your favourite foods is the only way to do things. They are wrong!
Eating smart is the key here and to assist you in changing to a diet that suits you and your lifestyle, here are some tips to get you going:
Yes, you cannot just dive in, reading diets and hoping that you are doing things right. Stop counting everything and think of your food in terms of colour, variety and fresh ingredients. Give yourself a certain amount of time to change to your new diet and then slowly continue to change your regular routine until the new one is in place.
• Don’t eliminate:
Eliminating the foods that you love can almost be seen as a punishment for many and is also the most common reason behind cheating on your diet. The solution is simple – smaller portions. This will allow you to enjoy your favourite treats, but will also allow you to easily cut down on the unhealthy results that they can result in.
• Eating habits are important:
Just because you have changed the food on your plate, doesn’t mean that you have been successful in changing to a healthy lifestyle. Your habits at meal times also need to adapt. Try and eat with other people instead of in front of a TV or computer as this can cause mindless over-eating. Eat slower and chew your food properly, this will allow you to avoid over eating as you will give your body time to tell you when it is full. Eat breakfast and rather go for smaller meals throughout the day instead of the prehistoric method of eating three large meals per day.
• Remember your fruits and vegetables:
Try and vary the types of fruits and vegetables you eat and make sure they make an appearance on your plate daily. The brighter the colours the better, as not only does it make your meals look more appetising, but they also contain the wide range of healthy nutrients which your body needs.
Congratulations for taking the first step towards healthy nutrition – now have fun with it!