Getting Started with Healthy Eating: Guest Post By Laura Agar Wilson
Getting Started with Healthy Eating: My Top Five Tips
When it comes to making changes to your diet, and starting to ‘eat healthy’ I know how overwhelming it can feel. Where do you even start? How can you start creating healthy habits that will last you a lifetime, even when you are busy? I used to get confused by all the different ingredients in the health food shop, worry about the cost of it all, and eventually get fed up. But then I went back to pages, and everything fitted into place! Here are my top 5 tips to get started with healthy eating:
Take it one step at a time
Don’t try and change everything at once, that is a sure fire way to feel overwhelmed and quit before you have even started! Just make one healthy change each week and before you know it those changes will have become habits that stick. Small changes to make could include drinking more water by having a bottle of water with you at your desk, eating more vegetables by adding an extra serving with dinner, cooking one meal a week from scratch etc…
Add, don’t take away
Instead of thinking about all the foods you think you can no longer eat (which is not the case – a healthy diet should have a place for all foods in moderation!) focus on the foods that you can eat, and should eat more of. Eating more vegetables, fruit, lean good quality meat and fish, whole grains and beans will automatically reduce the less healthy foods in your diet without even having to think about it. You naturally end up ‘crowding out’ the less healthy foods, with no feelings of depravation!
Cook from scratch
The easiest way to eat more healthily is by cooking your meals from scratch rather than eating foods from packets and tins. Instead of reaching for the box of breakfast cereal, make some porridge using oats instead. Rather than eating a Thai Green Curry ready meal, use chicken thighs, Thai Green Curry Paste and Coconut milk and make your own. It will not only save you money, but you will avoid a lot of added salt, sugar, chemical preservatives and additives too. If you aren’t a confident cook, just start with one meal a week and look for recipes online to inspire you. Cook foods in batches and make extra portions to freeze, saving you time and money!
Keep healthy snacks available
There’s nothing like a rumbling tummy to make you go running for the office biscuit tin at 3pm! When you allow yourself to get too hungry you are much more likely to make poorer food choices out of sheer hunger. Make sure you have some healthy snacks with you at all times, and when you feel hungry, eat! Healthy snacks such as nuts and seeds, fruit, popcorn or the kind of snacks you get in a Nutribox are great options.
Make it deliciously fun
There is no way you’d be able to stick to eating healthy food if it wasn’t delicious and satisfying. Don’t believe anyone that says healthy food is ‘rabbit food’, it can be just as tasty, if not more so, than less healthy options. Try some different recipes, check out my blog and others for inspiration and you’ll find that healthy options can still be delicious options.
It’s not about never eating a slice of chocolate cake, think of eating healthy foods 80% of the time and less healthy foods 20% of the time. Not completely denying yourself your favourite foods, makes healthier habits a whole lot easier to stick to the rest of the time.
Try out those 5 simple tips, and you’ll be well on your way to making healthy eating part of your life!
Laura Agar Wilson