Trying to change eating habits can seem like a Herculean task. Especially when there are so many other quick and simple methods like ordering fast food or Uber Eats.
But it can also seem complicated. From misconceptions like healthy eating means bland food to contradictory food studies and unsustainable fad diets. However, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Eating healthy and wholesome food can include a variety of delicious options. In fact, the more you are exposed to a variety of nutritious food, the more you’ll stick to it, and perhaps even crave it.
- Wholefoods, not processed foods.
Swap your frozen pizza and instant ramen with whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They are packed with essential nutrients like protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals as opposed to processed foods which contain empty calories.
- Avoid sugary drinks.
Consuming sugary beverages can not only out you at risk of type 2 diabetes, it also cause liver damage, premature aging and anxiety. So, instead of sipping packaged juice or soda, go for unsweetened beverages or infused water.
- Stock the pantry and fridge right.
If there are chips and chocolate in sight, then it’s easy to be tempted by these when hungry. Instead, keep healthy food accessible and visible in your home and workplace. Put some fruits in a basket and place it on the kitchen counter, store healthy snacks at eye level in your pantry and stock up your fridge with small batches of cooked whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. At work, store quick bites like almonds, pistachios and dried berries in a jar and place it on your desk or in its top drawer.
- Supermarket “outer ring”.
Ever noticed that the outer perimeter of a supermarket is where you;dd like most the health foods, like vegetables, fruit, lean meats, fish, eggs, and milk. By avoiding those inner isles with soft drinks and biscuits, it means they don’t reach your trolley, your hip pocket or the thighs.
- Use smaller dinner plates.
To avoid overeating, swap out your plates for smaller ones. Science says that eating on a large plate tricks your brain into thinking that you haven’t eaten enough. Eat on a smaller plate to feel full quicker and avoid overeating.
- Make probiotic food a priority.
Eating probiotic foods helps improve your gut bacteria which is responsible for building the immune system and taking out nutrients from food during digestion. Increase your intake of yogurt, apple cider vinegar and soft cheeses.