Making the switch to healthy eating

Woman eating fresh fruit

Changing to healthy diet habits doesn’t have to include an all or nothing approach that eliminates most of the foods you love. Diets such as these are so restrictive that they cause people to be miserable and often cause binge eating. Here are a few tips that will help you switch and stay on a healthy eating plan.

Prepare your meals – Cooking at home will give you control of what you are eating. Home cooked food is known to have fewer calories, chemical additives, added sugar, and unhealthy fats compared to packaged or takeout foods.

Make the right changes – Unhealthy foods should be swapped with healthy alternatives. For example, if you love fried chicken, opt for homemade oven baked fried chicken.

Simplify – If counting calories and portioning your meals is too complicated, opt for choosing vibrant foods that are fresh. Avoid packaged and processed foods by choosing ingredients that are quick to perish.

Read labels – Often food manufacturers will hide large amounts of sugar, unhealthy fats and salt.

Focus on how you feel after eating – Taste your food and understand how good you feel after eating a healthy balanced diet.

Drink plenty of water – Water will flush waste products out of your system and help you stay full and hydrated. Choose to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and increase this quantity by adding an extra glass each week.