Improving your diet is one of the most important things you can do. Not only will it helps things like your weight, energy levels, fitness levels but also your skin, hair and nails. In a world where you can wander into a supermarket and practically buy anything it can be so hard to make the right choices. So here are the little ways we've managed to improve our diet and still (within reason) eat what we like.
Processed Food - We have all but cut out processed food and this has to be the first step in eating well and looking after your body. We still have the occasional pizza but other than we have fazed out almost all processed food. A good tip to help us get rid of the food we had filling our cupboards was to use fresh ingredients with the processed food. For example, if you still have instant pasta in the cupboard why not make it for lunch/dinner and throw in some spinach or have a side salad. Make sure you eat all the good stuff you've added and you probably wont be able to finish the bad. Plus you wont feel too bad during the transition stages of improving your food habits.
Switch to wholegrain. I don't think I need to explain this one, do i?
Switch to full fat products. This might sound scary, especially if you're on a calorie controlled diet (which my advice to you would be to stop and exercise more but thats probably another blog post) but honestly this works. Low fat foods such as yogurt, cheese, milk..they all have added sugar. Sugar is bad for your health in so many ways. Basically all obese related illnesses plus its terrible for your skin! Products such as fruity low/no fat yogurts are practically the devil and they taste horrible too. 100g of full fat yogurt is around 85 calories. Have that with a handful of blueberries and you've got a yogurt which tastes amazing, has no processed sugar and is less calories than the average diet yogurt.
Cut out the sugar. This is a hard one and I do still give in to chocolate and sweets but no where near as much as I used to. As above, Sugar really is evil. So if you can do this one then it will practically save your life and probably your skin and your waist line too (life and waist line probably go hand in hand but you get what I mean). If you get a sweet craving why not grab something healthy from the fridge? We always have cherry tomatoes and berries in and grabbing a couple or a handful is so much better than reaching for the biscuit jar.
Cook More - it helps that I've been off and have more time but really most meals don't take that long to make anyway. Basically we've become a nation of lazy cooks. What sounds better - Fresh Chicken Stir Fry with loads of fresh veg and some boiled rice or a microwaved curry which is probably still a bit frozen in the middle. I know which one I would eat and both probably take around 10 minutes to make. Also if you really must have something a bit more naughty, or a desert of some kind, at least if you've cooked it then there are no nasty chemicals or anything processed added.
Food Prep/Freezable meals- Its a lot easier to eat healthily if you can plan meals and like us, theres only two of you. I can make a lasagne/cottage pie/soups/you name it and freeze half so that time cooking makes us two meals, not just one. I've put loads of recipes up on my blog recently and most of them I have batched cooked so we have multiple portions waiting in the freezer. Perfect.
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