Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet & Sticking to It

Healthy eating is not about restricting your nutritional needs or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, stabilising your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible—all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you. You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a tasty, healthy diet.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Simplify. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.

  • Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking.

  • Every change you make to improve your diet matters. The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts.

  • Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.”  f you are drawn towards sweet, salty, or unhealthy foods, start by reducing portion sizes and not eating them as often. Later you may find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.


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  • Think smaller portions.  At home, use smaller plates, think about serving sizes in realistic terms, and start small. If you don't feel satisfied at the end of a meal, try adding more leafy green vegetables or rounding off the meal with fresh fruit. When dining out, choose a starter, split a dish with a friend, and don't order supersized anything

  • Take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes. Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite.

  • Listen to your body. Have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. Takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.

  • Try different types of protein. Whether or not you are a vegetarian, trying different protein sources—such as beans, nuts, seeds, peas, tofu, and soy products—will open up new options for healthy mealtimes.

  • Eating in front of the TV or computer often leads to mindless overeating.


Source: Help Guide

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