Here are some general healthy eating tips which could make a huge difference to improving your health and wellbeing.
Pick one or two changes to begin with, set a start date for implementing them and before you know it, the changes will soon become part of your normal daily routine.
Eat three regular meals and 1-3 snacks daily depending upon your appetite and physical activity level. Avoid skipping meals as you are more likely to compensate by snacking or consuming larger portions at subsequent meal times.
Variety is the Spice of Life!
Aim to try one new food every week or a food you haven’t eaten in months. Examples; Try a different type of fish e.g. basa, fresh tuna or mackerel, or a new or exotic fruit e.g. pomelo, dried figs and mangoes.
Be brave and experiment with some fresh herbs and spices; you will be pleasantly surprised what a taste difference it makes to your meals.
Remember Your 5 A Day?
Try to include five portions of fruits and vegetables in your daily routine. A good variety helps ensure you obtain adequate amounts of vitamins A, C, E (anti – oxidant vitamins) and other phytochemicals which protect against cancers, heart disease and other health problems.
A practical suggestion would be to have salad with your lunch, two different types of vegetables with dinner and two pieces of fruit as a snack throughout the day.
Watch your Portion Sizes
Our portion sizes have become much larger in recent years. Think back to the currant queen cakes your granny used to bake versus the size of standard muffins available in cafes and petrol stations?!
Smaller portion sizes help us achieve and maintain a healthy weight and waistline. Many clients report that by using smaller bowls and plates, they see a “full” plate which helps in the transition to eating healthy, but in smaller amounts! If you feel full, remember you don’t need to clear the plate to get “value for money” when eating out.
Dehydration can take its toll on your body and mind… Make sure you drink 6-8 glasses (1.5 – 2.0 litres) of fluids daily to help you stay clear minded and boost energy levels. Take a measuring jug to monitor exactly how much you consume on a normal day. Start by sipping an extra glass in the afternoon and after two weeks of doing this, you will have formed a new positive habit!
For a complete personalised healthy eating plan, contact the clinic to arrange your one to one private consultation (087) 6802248