A healthy diet is not always about weight loss. It is about a good balance of the right nutrients to promote health, give you energy to live your life fully, and to make you feel great. Of course, eating healthily can help you lose weight too as well as give your skin a youthful glow. While there is a lot of advice out there on what to eat and what not to eat, there are certain healthy eating must-dos that you might want to create your meal plans around.
Whenever you are trying to follow a life changing plan, it is always important to be aware not just of what you need to do but also what you need to avoid doing. In many ways, understanding what doesn’t work diet-wise is a big positive in comprehending what does work. You could try and come up with your own nutritional guidelines that you are going to follow. But to get you started here are 10:
1. You must cut out temptation: If you have a big bag of deep fried chips staring you in the face every time you open the cupboard then guess what? Yes, that’s right, you’re going to end up eating them. To avoid tempting treats that are not on the healthy diet list don’t torture yourself but take them out of sight.
2. You must rewrite your shopping list: It’s easy, especially when you’re pressed for time, to rush round the same grocery stores buying the same produce. Even if you have a shopping list how often do you change it? Create a new list which as well as covering the food basics includes some interesting and new foods to try.
3. You must cut out processed foods: Convenience foods are usually packed with salt, sugar, fat, and loaded with calories. Fresh is best as you can eat more and fill up, whereas processed meals don’t always hit the spot, leaving you feeling hungry sooner rather than later.
4. You must cut out sodas: Healthy people don’t drink sugar rich or even diet sodas. It’s as simple as that.
5. You must throw out takeout menus: It’s a Friday night and you’re tired. You don’t want to cook and you really want to indulge in a takeout. But where are those tempting menus and offers? You’ve put them in the garbage, right?
6. You must limit liquid carbs: It’s interesting how so many people don’t count alcoholic drinks as part of their diet. Are you adding on unnecessary calories from carb-rich brews that go against a healthy diet plan?
7. You must eat fruit and vegetables: Surely this is a no-brainer! Well, actually it’s amazing how many people don’t have a good fruit bowl stocked and don’t buy lots of healthy vegetables. When was the last time you boiled and mashed some carrots or washed a cabbage?
8. You must follow healthy recipes: Healthy eating diets don’t have to be dull but if you lack ideas on how to create appetizing meals then source some great recipes that will engage you in preparing healthy and tasty meals; you will soon feel inspired.
9. You must know what you are eating: Be aware of what is going in your mouth. Check labels and remember that many chain-style restaurants, outside of what we consider fast-food also serve up really unhealthy meals, some of which can sound like a good health-conscious option when you read the menu. It’s up to you to control what you eat.
10. You must not feel deprived: If you feel you are missing out then the reality is that you will focus on this perceived gaping hole rather than on the positives of introducing new foods and meals to your diet, for the greater good of your health. Change your attitudes as well as what’s on your plate.
Next week we’ll look at some diet-traps that are easy to fall into.