How to Start Eating Healthier | Get Healthy With Me

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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.

DO

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.



DON’T

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.

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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.

DON’T

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.

DON’T

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…

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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.

DON’T

Restrict yourself

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.

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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.

Most Simple Cookies

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.

Sophie

 

 

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28 thoughts on “How to Start Eating Healthier | Get Healthy With Me

  1. I’m such a sucker for mcdonalds like i had mcdonalds yesterday and the day before, i feel like this has helped to give me motivation to actually start having a more healthier lifestyle!

  2. These are some great tips. I’ve found myself guilty of this for years, always eating chocolate and then thinking that I need to cut all forms of fat out of my diet. Instead I should just be replacing it with better forms!

    Will try and keep this in mind, thank you (:

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

  3. This is such a helpful post Sophie! A balanced diet is definitely key and never restricting yourself as that only leads to binging. I like to have some dark choc everyday and that keeps my sugar cravings at bay. Also the cookies and cashew Nakd bar is one of my absolute faves! Thanks for sharing your tips <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  4. Great tips! I agree you can’t change everything overnight. I ended up adding more healthy snacks into my diet which in time meant I didn’t snack on crisps & chocolate as soon as I got home from work.

  5. Great post – so informative! I always want to get back into eating more healthier but it’s a lot harder to stick to it then you think! I need to get past that one point that I always seem to go back to my old ways, haha. I have such a sweet tooth which really doesn’t help! Will have to make them oatmeal cookies you did the recipe before – they look so delicious and sound so easy!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  6. This is a great post! Changing your diet won’t happen immediately; I’ve been doing it slowly and it’s making it much easier
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

  7. That point about not trying to completely change your diet in one go is actually a really good one. It’s dawned on me that any time I try to change my diet I literally expect it to be completely transformed from one day to the next. But you’re right, it’s a transitional process! I also think its so important to not cut out complete food groups straight away i.e. I’d say that even if I ever planned to go veggie, I’d personally phase out meat instead of going cold turkey. But that’s just me! Great tips lovely! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

  8. Sophie thank you for sharing this as I think it might help me at this moment in time. I’m trying to cut out biscuits and chocolate especially at work and your idea about substituting it for something a little more healthier has just made me more motivated. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I’ve recently restarted my diet and exercise regime and I’m finding it the easiest to stick I’ve ever had. I’m allowing myself healthy snacks like yoghurt and fruit even if I’ve hit my calorie count to help myself transition. I’m definitely going to be looking at some of your other tips and tricks.

  10. Sooo important to take baby steps to make real sustainable change so great tip about not changing everything over night! But tbh… I cheated and ordered Lite n Easy meals and start next week – all the hard work is done for me! Sarah Elle

  11. Excited to read your post tomorrow all about being a vegan because I’m trying to transition and am struggling with all my nutrients. xx

  12. Every single point you’ve made is so important – especially not making a drastic change overnight. It works for some people but for a lot it doesn’t and (speaking from experience) after giving up after like 3 weeks in it leads me to feel even worse about myself for failing or even binge eating. A lifestyle change can’t just happen overnight.

    Another trick I’ve found that works is if I go to get food I ask myself if I am really hungry or just bored/eating out of habit, if I really want that in particular and if it will be worth it. If I can confidently say yes to those three points then viola! In my mouth it goes hahaha.

    …(Although sometimes a girl just needs a Big Mac to stay sane haha).

  13. These are great tips! It’s so important to have a balanced diet and one thing I’ve personally noticed is how much eating smaller portions throughout the day instead of one big meal can help!

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