Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods (from the four food groups) that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. It’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and stabilizing your mood.
Eating healthy is not about strict diet limitations, being ultra-thin or depriving yourself of what you love. It has to do more with how you prepare your food and what good alternative is out there.
Eating well along with being active can also lower your risk of disease and help you reach-and maintain-a healthy weight.
But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.
Switching to a healthy diet
Baby steps. Baby steps. Change is not easy and an overnight overhaul may not prove to be a success in the long run. Yes, you’re likely to cheat, but if you have will power, then go for it. Think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than a drastic change e.g. try adding a salad to your diet once a day. Slowly, your small changes become a habit and you continue to add more healthy choices.
So, how do you do this?
Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
Make the right changes. Replace your current meals with healthy alternatives. The goal is to eat less of the unhealthy item and more of the healthy. Replace it when you can e.g. replace soda with water, sugar with honey etc. You still get the same effect but with a healthier alternative.
Simplify. Always keep it simple. Don’t be overly concerned with counting calories, measurements et al. Rather be concerned with variety and freshness (with fresh ingredients) of your food.