Healthy eating requires some time, effort and planning. It means eating three meals a day and healthy snacks if needed. It is not about skipping meals or limiting yourself to one type of food. Healthy eating is about finding a balance between the foods we love and the food which are good for us. Below is our lis of tips for healthy eating:
- Think about why you are eating: many of us eat because we are bored or stressed or upset to help deal with our emotions. We often splurge on unhealthy, sugary or fried foods when we need a pick me up. If you are feeling hungry or craving something bad for you, ask yourself am I really hungry? Do I really need to eat this or am I just feeling emotional.
- Stick to your regular meal times: have a meal plan and sick to it. Even if you are not feeling hungry try to eat at the scheduled time for morning lunch and tea. In the mornings plan what you will be eating for the whole day and stick to it. This will help you to avoid high sugar and fatty temptations at snack times.
- Try new ways to cook and prepare food: Frying foods is a very unhealthy way to cook. There are many other options which can be just as tasty. Try grilling, baking, poaching, steaming, or stir-frying foods to avoid adding excess fats.
- Cut out soft drinks: Many people would be surprised to know that simply cutting out sugary drinks from your diet can lead most people to lose weight. One serve of soft drink can contain a days' supply of energy through sugar. This energy turns to fat when it is not burnt off. Even fruit juice can be a unnecessary source of sugar. Try to swap juice or soda for water; this will also help with feeling of hungriness. Many times we are actually dehydrated when we feel hungry.
- Don't buy diet foods: Many diet foods may have less sugar but they are often still high in calories and taste like cardboard. These foods are not satisfying and you will often eat something else after one of these ‘diet' products to satisfy cravings. It is much better to make a healthy delicious meal then settle for something labeled diet.
- Eat slowly: food should be enjoyed, a meal is not a race. Your body takes around 20 mins to register it is feeling full, if you eat too quickly your body will not have time to react and you may end up overeating. If you eat slowly your body will tell you when you have had enough.