Tips for healthier eating

 
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You want to eat healthier however you just don’t know where to start. My advice, just start. We have all been there ‘I’ll start Monday” or “I’ll wait until after that function next weekend.” There is no time like the present!
 
When it comes to eating healthy it shouldn’t be a short term goal. It’s a lifestyle change that needs to continue long term. If you fall off the wagon, don’t worry or beat yourself up over it. Move on and get back on track.
 
Here are some tips to help you eat healthier:

  • When it comes to changing your eating habits make small changes every week that you know that you can sustain long term. Sometimes changing everything we are currently doing can be so overwhelming, we simply give up because it all seems too hard.
  • Eat regular meals. When you skip meals you tend to get so hungry you eat whatever we can get your hands on. This could be junk food or you could simply over eat on healthier foods.
  • Clean out your pantry and fridge. Remove all of the food that shouldn’t be in your pantry and fridge. By this, I don’t mean go and eat it all so it is no longer there! By removing all of those foods it will help you make better choices because there is no bad to choose from. This is particularly important if you are an emotional eater or simply have no will power.
  • Plan your meals weekly. By meal planning it allows you to buy all of the food you need in one shop. Then there will be no need to go to the shop every couple of days to pick things up and let unwanted foods back into your pantry.
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it. Also, go shopping when you feel full. If you go shopping on an empty stomach you tend to buy foods you simply don’t need.
  • Freeze meals. Simply make extra and freeze what is left over. This will help you eat a healthier option when you can't be bothered cooking because you know you already have a meal waiting for you. 
  • Allow yourself some treats, whether it be a takeaway meal or a piece of chocolate. Just watch the amount you eat and limit it to once a week.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. There are many options that are healthier alternatives to all of your favourite junk foods! 

 
Pam Hird