This time of year is one of the peak times for deciding to improve our health, and that usually means changing the way we eat. Rather than ‘going on a diet’ which is probably doomed to fail, look at some lifestyle tweaks instead. Try these top five tips.
Sugar is an essential part of our diets, but like everything else must not be eaten in excess. Unfortunately many processed foods have a lot of added sugar, and that even applies to food marketed as ‘healthy’. Try to cut down on the common excess sugar foods, and don’t be fooled by the packaging.
Quick-grab snacks are all too available, but they are usually the things that will leave you hungry again an hour later. Plan ahead a little and organise yourself some hunger-busting foods, especially those packed with protein. Much tastier too!
‘Naughty’ is a word that should be left in the playground where it belongs. It certainly has no relevance to food. Think of what you eat as both essential fuel for health and as a pleasure. Food should never be a subject of stress or fear.
Food myths are everywhere, often perpetuated by people keen to sell you something. It is also worth treating celebrity diet ideas and food plans with caution, as there is no guarantee that they actually know what they are talking about. Look for reliable sources; the NHS website is a good start for ‘food 101’.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to healthy eating. If eating late works for you, then eat late. If you enjoy a small piece of cake occasionally, enjoy it. If you have tried a kale smoothie and said ‘never again’ then that’s fine too.
Give your body what it needs (not too much more), take some exercise and there will no need for diet to rule your life.
love the comment about food guilt - it really annoys me when grown women (And sadly it is always women) eat food while muttering 'this is naughty' or 'I shouldn't really....'. Eat the food or say 'no thank you' - one or the other!!
I don't think I fancy a kale smoothie the first time!! Sadly diets always fail and there's no quick fix. It's common sense, restraint and getting off that couch.
Some very sensible tips here. I especially agree with never having a kale smoothie again!