Healthy eating can be achieved if you follow just a few guidelines. The first step in healthy eating is to be aware of what habits, good and bad, you have, and what you aim to achieve in the future.
A good way to really face the truth about your dietary habits is to keep a food diary. Record everything you eat and drink, from when you wake up to when you go to sleep.
This way you can really see what you are putting into your body, and become aware of eating habits you did not even know you had.
Using your food diary you can evaluate the benefits of everything you are eating and try to adjust this if it is not particularly healthy.
By acknowledging all the treats and snacks you are allowing yourself to indulge in, you are on the first step to controlling your diet and adjusting to a healthier lifestyle.
We are so concerned nowadays with eating right that we forget to drink right.
Many people are unaware that very often when they feel hungry they are in fact thirsty.
We are supposed to drink two litres of water a day but many of us do not, instead drinking diuretics such as fizzy drinks and squash, which can dehydrate us.
Try getting into the habit of drinking some water when you feel hungry to see if this dulls the hunger pangs.
Furthermore, try to substitute water for sugary drinks where you can. This way, you can occasionally treat yourself to a fizzy drink, which will be all the more tasty for being a luxury in your healthy balanced diet.
People often buy into the misconception that being on a diet means eating boring food, but this does not have to be the case.
Try and make sure you get as much variety as possible and healthy eating will be easy.
You will be sure to find variety if you abide by the five food groups, bringing in each one to your daily diet.
Within each group there is a huge choice of foods, and by changing up the combination every day, your healthy balanced diet will be both interesting and tasty.
A great way to introduce variety into your diet is using colour.
We typically think of salad as a boring plate of wilted green lettuce. Why not try making salads as colourful as you can, using peppers, sweet corn, carrot, lettuce, tomato and avocado and your meal has instantly become more interesting.
The best way to integrate your new healthy eating plans into your life so that food is not always on your mind is to build it into your routine.
If you always have set times to eat and a set amount your body will quickly adjust to this, meaning you won’t get hungry between mealtimes and your new healthy meals will satisfy you.
Combining your healthy eating guide with your food diary will mean that you can easily control and monitor your healthy eating, so you will never go off track.