Healthy eating has recently been given a new zest of life. As the clean eating revolution takes over and gym bunnies are multiplying by the second, it’s easy to get lost in the hype! Plus, what works for your friend might not work for you, so everyone’s healthy lifestyle plans are going to be different. If you’re feeling motivated, but don’t want to completely give up your treats (who does?!) then stick around to find out how some small diet changes can have a big effect on your body.
Re-invent convenience food
If you have a large family or a demanding job, chances are you’ve relied on convenience meals more than a couple of times. Although not harmful to you if eaten occasionally, microwave meals and processed foods can have a detrimental effect on your health if consumed regularly. This is because of the large amounts of salt, preservatives and fat they contain in comparison to normal food. In fact, the excessive amount of sodium in these meals can actually be addictive. This is why so many people to reach for the convenience food time and time again. If you want to cut down on these kinds of food but still need food that’s quick and easy, why not try simple batch cooking? Spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon making a huge portion of food for the week. Pasta and homemade sauce is a good bet for this as it’s easy to plate up and is filling too. Split the final mixture into multiple portions and set aside to have throughout the week. Plus, the homemade version of a pasta sauce will typically contain much less salt than a shop bought one.
Discover new kinds of food
The clean eating phenomenon has brought certain foods into the mainstream which we wouldn’t have looked twice at before. Kale is a leafy green vegetable with plenty of health benefits and can even be made into chips by roasting them with a little salt. Wholegrains such as quinoa are being used instead of white rice to keep you fuller for longer. Adding flax seeds to your morning porridge can provide you with vital nutrients for the day. The list goes on, as there’s plenty of healthy alternatives you can use to overhaul your diet. If you’re completely new to cooking, a healthy cooking course could be perfect to help hone your skills.
Many of us don’t actually have a bad diet – we just eat far too much. If this sounds like you, consider purchasing smaller plates and bowls. With a large plate, we are more likely to pile the food on to make the plate appear ‘full’. However, unless we are doing huge amounts of exercise every day, a lot of us are actually taking in more than we are burning off. This is the entire principle behind weight gain. If you still need that slice of chocolate cake (and we all do from time to time), serve it on a side plate or a saucer rather than a dinner plate. You won’t serve yourself as much and because of how your brain registers the piece of cake, you will feel full too.