If you’ve wanted to eat in a healthier way for a while, but are not sure where to start, here are some tips to get you on your way. The important thing to remember is that these are not quick fixes or diet aids; they are a sustainable change in lifestyle that mean you’re not only healthy in your food choices, but also in yourself.
1. Ditch the drinks
Coke, lemonade and energy drinks are crammed with artificial colourings, flavourings and chemicals; a diet that does not include them will be instantly healthier. Steer clear of ‘zero calorie’ versions, as these often contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been the subject of countless controversies. What’s more, plastic bottles can take up to 500 years to decompose, so by cutting back on your daily sugary drink, you’ll be more environmentally conscious too!
2. What time is dinner?
Eating late at night often means going to bed on a full-stomach, which in turn means that our bodies cannot digest food efficiently. When we are asleep, our metabolic clock is working a lot slower than at peak times; try to keep mealtimes earlier in the evening and avoid late night snacks like crisps or cereals that are high in sugar.
3. White Bread, or Brown?
Switching which bread you buy is a very small change that can make the world of difference. White bread is made from refined flour, and so contains less of the essential fibre and complex carbohydrates that contributes to a balanced diet. If you’re hesitating about making the switch, or have fussy children, try granary first, then move on to wholemeal.
Here’s one that’s especially relevant to couples. When cooking with a partner, even though it feels like second nature to dish up equal portions, this can lead to a habit of over-eating that’s difficult to break. Women tend to have a lower recommended calorie intake than men, so it’s best to check the plate once in a while to ensure it contains the amount of food that’s right for you.
5. Whose round is it?
It may be a time-honoured tradition in pubs, but buying drinks in rounds often means that you end up drinking more than you normally would. A night drinking nothing but beer or ale can really take its toll on an otherwise healthy diet; start by halving your intake. If you opt for a soft drink in between alcoholic ones, for example, water with a dash of fruit cordial, it’ll keep you hydrated and help stave off hang over symptoms in the morning!
At Focusing On You Personal Training we pride ourselves on finding healthy and natural ways to maintain a well-balanced diet. Our trainers will look through your eating habits and help you make changes for the better.