It’s a new year and a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle.Fruitselection3 600 X 451
Why change your eating habits? The reasons are many, including lowering your blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart disease and getting your blood sugar levels under control.
Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different colour vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet
1 Don’t skip breakfast: Eating a breakfast with protein and fibre will help stabilize your blood sugar and curb your late-morning cravings
2. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables at every meal.
3. Cut out the fat and salt. Try roasting or grilling your meats and vegetables instead of frying.
4. Increase your intake of fibre and whole grains.
5. Increase your fluids. Oftentimes when we feel tired and worn down it is because we are dehydrated
6. Plan ahead – Do a weekly menu plan and then plan your weekly shop around this. This will help if you decide to cut something out or add something new in. It is much easier to eat healthily if you have everything planned.
7. Try healthy snacks.
8. Choose low-fat or non-fat milk products.
9. Use smaller plates to help with portion control. When you eat from smaller plates, you feel satisfied without overeating. If you don’t feel satisfied at the end of a meal, try adding more leafy green vegetables or rounding off the meal with fresh fruit.
10. Take time to eat – It is crucial to take time to eat to help your digestive system work properly. Really chew your food so it’s easier to digest.