We want to be healthy & want to be fit, but changing ‘wanting’ into ‘doing’ can feel impossible. It does not have to be as hard as it seems. So, what changes can we make to get into healthier eating habits?
Here are some simple and easy swaps that we can all do with our everyday favourites.
Swaps & tips to healthier habits.
- Hydration is key, always ensure you drink plenty of water to help your body flush out any toxins and to assist with digestion.
Less toxins in your body means you look & feel better.
– Don’t like water, try adding some Lemon, cucumber, mint leaves or other fresh fruit.
- Labels! Always try to check the labels on any foods that you aren’t buying fresh. Try and steer clear of preservatives, additives, high sodium and high sugar content.
Also keep in mind, the shorter the ingredients list the better.
- Expiry dates – If it can live on the shelf for more than 6 months, this can be a good indicator that it may have preservatives to steer clear of.
- Pasta, the family favourite that is affordable, easy and you know everyone will love. The healthy, quick and simple dish after a long day does not have to be bland and boring.
Why not change up your normal pasta for wholemeal pasta. And even try making your own pasta sauces.
- Got Rice on your mind. Swap out white rice for brown rice, or better yet the little super grain, Quinoa. You will thank yourself later.
- Yoghurt, the quick and easy snack. Why not swap out your flavoured fruit yogurt for plain Greek yogurt with fresh chopped up fruit. This will help eliminate any hidden additives or enhancers.
- Breakfast, PUT DOWN THE PRE-PACKED SUGAR FILLED CEREAL BOX! Pull out some Oats, the cholesterol lowering superfood. Spice up your breakfast with a little cinnamon and some natural honey to sweeten the deal. Add your favourite fruit and you’re ready to start the day.
- Meal prep – Take some time on the weekend to prep some delicious nutritious lunches for the working week ahead. This will not only save you money, but it will free up more time and help you keep on track.
Don’t have time to meal prep? Just cook extra at dinner time and have leftovers for lunch the next day.
- Fresh fruit is a great alternative to lollies and sweets. Frozen fruit is a natural alternative to ice blocks or ice-cream on a hot summer’s day. Or is you feel like a refreshing drink, why not have fresh fruit juice.
- Ditch the salt for some fresh herbs and spices to add flavour to your meals. Salt increases sodium levels and also leads to dehydration which can cause other health issues.
Keep in mind that store bought sauces can also have a high sodium content, so try get a little creative in the kitchen with some lemon juice, herbs and chilli.
- Portion control. We are all guilty of eating with our eyes, so by swapping our regular dinner plate for a smaller plate, can trick our mind into thinking that we are eating more because your eyes can see a full plate. Chew your food thoroughly and eat slowly to allow your stomach to register that it has had enough to eat.
You don’t have to go without, just swap it out.