Starting a new health routine is often challenging and requires organisation and planning to set you on a path towards success.
These steps can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food:
- Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home means you’ll know exactly what you’re eating and there wont be any nasty surprises!
- Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans fats with healthy fats (such as switching fried chicken for grilled salmon) will make a positive difference to your health and your mood.
- Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opt for more fresh ingredients.
- Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar, sodium or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even products claiming to be healthy.
- Focus on how you feel after eating. Consider a food diary. This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The healthier the food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous or drained of energy.
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many of us go through life dehydrated – causing tiredness, low energy and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.