One thing that makes healthy eating daunting for many is the idea that you need to completely overhaul your diet. The truth is, it’s much simpler than that. Here’s the top 5 tips to a healthier lifestyle:
1. Water is your friend
The average body is 50-65% water, so it makes sense you need to regularly replenish it. The best way is to use water as a substitute for other, less healthy drinks.
Sugary and caffeinated drinks aren’t very effective at hydrating your body, so if you trade them for water and drink six to eight glasses a day, you’ll be on the right track.
2. Take your time and tuck into smaller portions
If you take the time to savor every bite, your body will feel fuller at the end of the meal.
If you make that plate a little smaller, once you finish your smaller portion, you’ll experience the same feeling of satisfaction as if you’d just ploughed through a bigger plate.
Another good way of regulating meals is to use a bowl or plate—when you eat straight from a packet or bag, it’s harder to keep track of how much you’ve consumed.
3. Eat more fruit and veg
Fruit and vegetables are the backbone of a healthy diet, and can help make you fitter, healthier, and happier. You can add berries to breakfast cereals, or make a delicious smoothie in a blender using different fruits.
Try adding vegetables to your dishes, such as chopped carrots to a Bolognese sauce, or matching a roast dinner with broccoli and peas.
4. Get the right kinds of fats
Fat is essential for the human body, but not all fat is good fat. Aim to eat fats that are healthy if you want to lower you cholesterol and risk of heart disease.
So instead of red meat, go for white meat like chicken or turkey; or try semi-skim milk instead of full-fat.
Great sources of healthy fat are olive oil, nuts, avocados, and coconut, while some fish contain fatty acids like Omega-3, which are great for your mind and body.
5. Reach for the fiber
Increasing your fiber intake is one of the easiest yet most effective ways to improve your health. It will make you slimmer, more vital, and will cut down the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes.
You’ll find fiber in apples, wholegrain bread, berries, bran, and whole-wheat pasta.
Take these simple steps and you’ll feel fitter and healthier before you know it.
And that means your EHIC card can stay in the pocket only when you go away on holiday or anywhere.