We all start our healthy living journeys in different places, and I know that in the beginning, many people find switching up their diets the hardest part. Obviously, the attitude you take depends on the reason you want to get healthy in the first place. You’re going to have a different outlook if you’re trying to lose weight compared to just living a healthier life. But these few tips will help you out regardless of your reasons.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet is important for so many reasons. If you’re getting a good balance of carbs, fat and protein you’re less likely to develop any micro-nutrient deficiencies. You’re also more likely to stay fuller for longer, and more importantly, satiated mentally so you’re less likely to want to reach for junk food snacks than you are if you try to go fat or sugar free.
Cut out fat
There’s a mentality that low fat is really good for you, and while I’m not saying we should be living off deep fried food, we do need fat. There are healthy fats and unhealthy fats as I’m sure most of you know. No one needs deep fried anything, that’s unhealthy fat. But good fats contain tonnes of essential vitamins and minerals. Chia and flax contain your daily recommended amount of omega three in just one tablespoon. Almonds are great for vitamin E and walnuts contain magnesium, vitamin B6 and a small amount of omega three as well.
Eat whole foods
This is plain and simple but if you’re looking at a packet and wondering whether something is good or bad, it’s a lot easier to tell if you can actually read everything on the label. It’s not rocket science and sure preservatives etc help things stick around in our cupboards longer, but the easiest way to know you’re being healthy is to cook from fresh, whatever kind of diet you have.
Eat processed food
This is self-explanatory, but once again, if you make it, you know what’s in it. And by not eating processed food you’re probably likely to be cutting down on the added salt and sugar as well.
Try to completely change your diet overnight
If you’re used to having crisps or chocolate at 11am or 3pm every day, you’re not going to suddenly stop wanting that because you’re on a health kick. Starting to eat in a healthier way is a transitional process; don’t expect miracles on day 1. Instead…
Keep healthy snacks around
If you keep healthy snacks in the house or desk/ office/ wherever you are, you’re less likely to go hunting down the chocolate. These days there are plenty of great snack options on the market too which don’t use too many ingredients and aren’t full of junk. I’m a big fan of Nakd bars; they come in loads of flavours so there should be something for everyone and are usually made from nuts, dates and a bit of something else depending on the flavour. These are the ingredients in the peanut ones but I’m a big fan of the newer blueberry muffin flavour and the cocoa orange/ cocoa mint flavours too.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring, and it’s not just about eating salads all the time either. With that in mind though, the most important thing about eating a healthy diet is incorporating it into a healthy lifestyle too. A healthy lifestyle means a healthy mindset, which means allowing yourself some chocolate every now and again and not feeling bad about it.
Find healthier alternatives
I’m all about the chocolate life. Really, all about it. But, if you’re used to dessert or sweet treats every/ most days, finding something good for you that still tastes delicious is probably for the best in the long run. You can make things like my super quick oatmeal cookies that are really easy and actually healthy to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Obviously, this isn’t the be all and end all of healthy eating and no, I’m not a doctor. These are just some simple tips I try to live by to keep my diet healthy and still enjoyable. If you have any healthy eating tips, please leave them below; what works for me might not be for everyone.
Tomorrow we’ll be talking about supplements I take on a vegan diet. Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow.
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