Advice for a Healthier Diet
Many of us have tried dozens of times to eat healthier but have not succeeded. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! By making just a few simple changes, you’ll find your body thanking you. It’s more of a marathon than a sprint. Start with these small steps to get things rolling.
First and foremost, get on a schedule
Our bodies get confused if we eat at different times every day. Take your time when you eat, chew well and don’t jump into bed the minute you’ve put down your fork. Start the day with a good breakfast (you’ll find plenty of ideas here) and eat three proper meals a day, plus a mid-morning and afternoon snack of fresh fruit, a handful of nuts or a yogurt and raisins.
Talking about fruit…
We know that it can get a bit boring, but fruit is packed with health benefits, especially if you eat the skin. Some refreshing ideas on how to jazz up your favorite fruit include; smoothies, making fruit popsicles, and fruit salad with your favorite dressing or Nutella on the side. Soon you’ll have all kinds of fun with fruit!
Keep yourself hydrated
Your body needs water and you have to make sure it gets it. You can liven things up by making some flavored infused water with; mango, pineapple, strawberries and mint leaves or cucumber and lemon. You can also get your water intake from fruits and vegetables but, avoid fizzy and sugary drinks.
Moderation is key
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the key to a healthy diet is variety. Don’t go down the path of cutting out carbohydrates or fats or going mad with gluten (provided you’re not gluten intolerant, of course), meat or dairy products. You can eat a bit of everything in moderation.
Try these substitutes
Instead of eating red meat, try eating white meat such as; chicken or turkey. You can substitute your intake of salt with vinaigrettes and spices. And cut out as much saturated fat as possible and substitute them with unsaturated fats, which you’ll find in nuts, blue fish and olive oil.
Get your fiber!
Fiber is vital for your digestive system. Wholegrain cereals are always more nutritional, because they keep all the germ and bran. So, go for multigrain bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice. You’ll also find fiber in fresh fruit and dried fruit such as; prunes and raisins and vegetables like artichokes and spinach.
More baking and less frying
How we cook our food is just as important as what we eat: it’s senseless to buy healthy food just to cook it in heavy, greasy oils. Boiling, steaming, grilling and lightly frying or sautéing your food in olive oil is a better alternative and it will taste way more delicious!