Healthy Eating - How To Get Started
So you’ve decided to get healthy - good for you! Why not start today? Get rid of the junk food in your cupboards and remove the unhealthy snacks from your desk. Remove the temptation and start making changes today.
Getting active plays a big part of getting healthier and losing weight but eating the right sort of food is key. You can’t out run a bad diet!
Write a list of reasons for getting healthy. Whether it’s weight loss, more energy, or general wellbeing, write it down and stick it on the fridge so that you have a constant reminder of why you started.
Don’t be a slave to your tastebuds. It’s easy to give into the unhealthy food we love - it makes us feel good and gives us instant gratification, but gratification that takes a bit longer to acquire is just as good, if not better! Think how proud you’ll feel if you don’t give in to temptation and see positive changes in your body as a result.
Don’t diet, just start eating healthier food. Stick to it and your taste-buds will adjust and it will likely become a habit.
Focus on real food - try to stay away from processed food. If you don’t recognise that it once grew in the ground or on a tree, or if it ran or came out of the sea, it’s probably processed! Processed food is often high in sugar and fat so is not the best option when you're trying to lose weight.
Think about the quality of your calories. 2 servings of vitamin-rich vegetables such as carrots or broccoli (with your meal) is much more beneficial than getting the same calories from a biscuit. Biscuits contain a lot of sugar and won't fill you up as much as the vegetables.
Turn off the TV. Eating whilst doing something else will distract you and cause you to overeat.
Keep a food diary - of EVERYTHING you eat. How much, what time you ate it, how you felt after you ate it etc. This is the best way to find out where you could cut back or where your problem areas are and what causes you to overeat.
Plan meals. Make a list of meals you could make and the ingredients you will need, and stick to the shopping list.
Eat smaller portions. Using smaller plates is a great way to eat less. Try to eat slowly in order to recognise when you’re full, cook less food, put leftovers in the fridge.
Following these rules can make you feel more energetic, help you lose weight, make your skin, nails and hair look healthier and reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Learn more about getting a balanced diet with this free course from The Open University.