The transition to a healthy lifestyle and improved way of eating can sometimes be a little overwhelming…
So our friends at Billy Stanley Fitness have 15 Top Tips to make your journey a lot easier and less stressful.
15 TOP TIPS TO MAKE HEALTHY EATING EASY
1. Make small changes to your eating habits to begin with. Don’t expect yourself to be able to stick to lots of new rules all at once. Take it slowly and master ONE NEW HABIT at a time; for example drinking more water or avoiding processed foods.
2. Switch your breakfast to a high protein, low carbohydrate option. The vast majority of the general public start their day with a high carbohydrate breakfast, but this won’t keep you feeling full like a high protein meal would. Try an easy combination of eggs and lean meat or a mixed veggie omelette.
3. Eat more vegetables. Every meal, should in a ideal world be at least half full with veggies. This will help to keep you full and increase your fibre intake too, helping your digestive system.
4. Get more sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, you start the day tired and groggy. You are more likely to reach for a caffeinated drink or a sugary snack when you are tired, so try to get at least eight hours a night.
5. Stop shopping in the sweets and biscuits aisle. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. Stick to the perimeter
6. Drink more water. It is very easy to mistake being dehydrated for feeling hungry, so aim to drink 2-3 litres of water a day to avoid mindless snacking.
7. Avoid sugar. Sugar will never fill you up or satisfy you, and offers no real nutritional benefit to your diet. Lose the sweet stuff and stick to natural sweetness from berries and herbal teas.
8. Buy a big bottle of water. If you buy a large bottle of water, 2 litres, for example, you can see your target for the day. Your body will function well if it is hydrated.
9. Flavour with fruits. Add berries, lemon, lime, mint or cucumber to your water to give it a fresh flavour. Avoid cordial or artificially sweetened additions.
10. Drink herbal teas. There are tonnes to choose from, and you could even try them on ice, for a refreshing cold drink.
11. Season your veggies. Using herbs, spices and fresh garlic is a simple way to make veggies taste great. Roast Mediterranean vegetables with smoked paprika and fresh garlic or try stir-frying broccoli, sugar snap peas and baby corn with fresh coriander and lime juice.
12. Eat a variety of coloured veggies. Red peppers, yellow butternut squash, green broccoli, purple beetroot, orange carrots and dark green kale.
13. If you’re not a big fan of veggies, then try spiralizing your food. Courgette, butternut squash, beetroot and carrot all work well with a spiralizer. You can substitute high carbohydrate foods like pasta and noodles. You could also blend cauliflower or broccoli in a food processor, to create a rice-like consistency. Cauliflower rice is my favourite
14. Stop eating sugar…. pretty simple right? Reduce your consumption and your cravings will reduce too. If you can work towards cutting out sugar completely, you will be surprised at how little you crave it.
15. Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry. When you’re hungry, everything seems appetising. Be prepared, cook your meals in advance and do your shopping on a full stomach.
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