I was speaking to a friend the other night and we were discussing how there are so many people struggling to create a change in their life towards more healthful eating. Reasons vary but some see it as all too hard. One day we are told that eggs are good for us and the next they are not, another that fat is the danger in our diet then we are told some fats are good. It is no wonder that most of us are confused. Whilst I am not going to enter into that particular discussion here I thought it may be helpful to share some things I have implemented into our diet or routines that have proved to be successful.
In order to just make a start you could implement these one at a time or if you are ready just jump in and see what works for you.
So here are just a few of my easy to implement tips for more healthful eating:
- Keep it simple! Stick to whole foods ie not processed or packets. Be cautious of anything in a packet that says ‘healthy’.
- Use whole herbs and spices to flavour meals. Make your own seasonings as many store bought ones are packed with sugar and or salt.
- Ditch the added sugars (not just cane sugar, also honey, syrups etc)
- Say no to white starchy carbs replace them with extra and colourful vegetables
- Use smaller plates for your meals. Research has shown eating off larger plates encourages us to eat more, so downsize to downsize!
- Replace your unhealthy snacks with healthier options – you could swap out your morning cake or biscuit with some raw nuts and a piece of fruit. You can treat yourself but remember ‘occasionally’ that is why it’s called a treat!
- Be Organised. Do not starve yourself. You need to eat food, real food to nourish your body. If you are always on the run, being organised at the beginning of the week will make your life easier – have snacks or meals prepared ahead of time. Create a shopping list off a menu plan for the week.
- Listen to your body and the signals it sends to you – this could be indigestion/bloating heartburn etc. The signal may not be immediate and may be subtle. Watch for repeat symptoms. Weight gain is a good example of perhaps a ‘hidden’ signal. Your body will eventually mask or suppress any symptoms and the fallout of ignoring them is inflammation of the body. There is a lot of research coming to the fore is showing Inflammation in the body leads to various diseases, and if you continue on this path over a long period autoimmune disorders are a possibility.
Prevention is better than cure!
There are also side benefits, so if you are looking for more energy, clearer thinking etc try these and incorporate more healthful eating into your world. It’s simple and it’s a great place to start.
There are many other ways you may be able to sneak in change and I am happy to have a chat with you about this, if you are interested in more, or you would like a free one on one coaching session to help you on your wellness journey, please drop me a note in the comments and I will get back to you.
Cheers for now,