It has to be said that “being healthy” is in fact a balance of being kind to yourself and making certain lifestyle choices.
This will mean something different for everyone as we all have different health goals and all have a different idea of what “being healthy” is.
Some general aspects of living a healthy lifestyle include:
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Exercising (moving) daily or regularly
- Drinking enough water
- Getting enough sleep
- Maintaining a positive outlook on life
- Low stress levels
There are a few tips and tricks from a nutrition/dietary perspective that will help you get to your health goals without having to cut out every bad habit all at once, and you can make these changes (choices) daily.
Here are 5 simple ways to eat better daily:
1. Make your home a JUNK-FOOD-FREE ZONE!
If you don’t keep crappy food in your home, it will be more of an effort for you to leave your home to go and get it. Nine times out of ten, you’ll be too lazy to get out of your pyjama’s, comb your hair, slick on some mascara, get into your car and drive to get what you’re craving.
If you’re craving pizza and call for delivery, well then you were desperate!
2. Put more VEGGIES on your plate!
Make your vegetables the main event!
It’s easy to shove them off to the side of your plate and pretend you ate most of them, but try to make them the centre of attention by making them look appealing and spicing them well with natural herbs and spices. Lemon juice is also a charm. A drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and you’re off to a good start.
Vegetables are full of essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need in order to fend off disease. Make sure you are not missing out on the healthy hunnies.
3. H2O for the WIN!
If you are starting to feel hungry, pour yourself a big glass of water before you open the fridge to see what’s in it or run across the road to the 7/11.
More often than not, when you start to feel hungry it’s because either you are bored, stressed out or simply dehydrated.
By hydrating yourself with water first, you’re more likely to make a better choice when it comes to your next snack or meal. It’s also good to drink some water before eating as it aids in digestion.
4. Keep EASY-TO-PACK HEALTHY SNACKS with you!
If you know you have a busy day ahead and are going to be on-the-run, keep your energy up by keeping a small lunchbox of low sugar, salt or processed non-food ingredient snacks either in your handbag or in your car.
Try: Almonds (or any other unsalted nuts you enjoy), biltong, carrot and celery sticks, nutbutter and/or hummus or a small slab of dark chocolate.
If you keep these nibbles nearby, you’re less likely to run into Woolies to grab a packet of chips and a coke (which will cause an energy spike and then a monumental DROP) and you’ve saved yourself 10 minutes in the process!
5. Cook your own meals!
Ok, so this takes planning folks!
Get onto Pinterest or your favourite food blog and create a folder of inspiration. Find time on a Saturday morning to do all your meal planning for the week ahead using all your magical finds as inspo. Do your grocery shopping before the beginning of the week and gear your kitchen for take off!
Cooking at home is one of the easiest ways to eat healthily. You have complete control of what goes into your meals, unlike in restaurants where they could be adding MSG and other hidden nasties for all you know.
You also can’t use the “but eating healthy is so expensive” excuse, because honey child, add up how much you’re spending on take-out and doctors bills… yah… those two things are related believe it or not.
Find a local market or sign-up for veggie boxes from places like Think Organic and Ethical Co-op (they are marvellous little boxes of wonders!). This will also inspire you to try new foods and make new dishes.
If you don’t like cooking, find someone in the house who does and help them do the food prep (this also encourages REAL communication and forces you away from technology such as TV and Smart Phones). You might eventually feel confident enough to do the cooking yourself.
Making these small nutritional/dietary changes to your daily eating routine will help you on your health journey.
Achieving health is not about following the newest diet craze or exercising until you’re so stiff you end up completely imbalanced! Being healthy is about making the best choices for YOU, planning ahead and being prepared and remembering that we’re human after all and are on this earth to experience all it’s magnificence.
Make space for the delicious ice-cream topped waffles, late night escapades, one or two too many glasses of wine and days for going into complete sloth-mode… And yah, bad hair days are also allowed. 😉