For our latest post, we’ve compiled some healthy eating tips for those who have recently started a new diet or those
who have tried dieting before but struggled to stick with it. We’ve kept it simple, giving you some basic dietary
tricks you can use starting today. All the tips and tricks are simple changes that you can make today which won't
break the bank and might even save you a few pennies.
1. Plan your meals
Planning your meals is a great way to avoid eating unhealthy
quick fixes like ready meals. If you’re struggling for meal ideas,
try looking through a recipe for some inspiration, there are some
fantastic healthy eating cookbooks out there. Note down the
ingredients you’re going to need for each meal as you go for your
next shop. If you know you’re going to be pressed for time to cook on certain nights, having a stir fry a great option,
they take virtually no time but are filled with goodness. Before going shopping, write yourself a list and don’t
deviate from it. When you go to the shops without any idea of what you’re going to buy, you’re far more likely
to be drawn towards snack foods and ready meals.
2. Batch cooking
This tip follows on from meal planning and it really is a no-brainer
If you’re either too busy to cook or simply don’t enjoy cooking. You
can cook your healthy meals in bulk and either refrigerate or freeze
them for later on in the week. It cuts out a huge amount of cooking
time and it means you have emergency meals ready to go. This works
great with meals such as shepherds pie, soup, chilli and curries (why not try these BBC Good Food easy freezable
3. Limit visits to unhealthy restaurants and cafes / try
If you’re anything like me, your calorie count gets put on hold as
soon as you step food in a restaurant or cafe. And while there’s
nothing wrong with the occasional trip to your favourite pizzeria
or curry house, going regularly can start to negatively impact on
your health as many of our favourite foods are full of saturated fats and salt. If you enjoy going out for meals
too much and cutting down simply isn’t an option, perhaps try going to places with a healthier menu. My
personal favourite cuisine is Thai which is mainly curry based with lots of vegetables.
4. Include carbohydrate base to your meals
One thing I often hear is that healthy meals just aren’t filling enough
to keep you going, but in almost all of these cases, the problem is
incorrect meal choices. Those who start a diet thinking all they can
eat is salad aren’t going to last more than a day, a meal needs to be
balanced which meals including multiple food groups. Carbohydrate
is a key source of energy and should be the foundation your meals. Some of my favourites include wholegrain rice
as its high in fibre, lentils for their protein and also starchy vegetables such as potatoes which are highly versatile.
5. Fill up on water
Drink as much water as you can. The benefits of drinking water are
numerous, it improves mental performance, restores lost fluids and
prevents headaches, kidney stones and UTI’s to name just a few key
benefits. If you drink before a meal it can help fill you up and avoid
overeating. Water is also a key sources of essential minerals which
help your body operate as it should.
6. But be careful with juice intake
Fruit juice is a healthy drink when consumed in moderation but be
careful. You can get many antioxidants and vitamins from fruit juice
however the sugar content of many juices is similar to or higher than
fizzy drinks. Excess sugar in your diet can lead to weight gain as your
body rapidly turns unused sugar into fat. Instead of juice, there are
some delicious squash drinks on the market which contain far less sugar.
7. Include supplements in your diet
Adding supplements to your diet can be an easy way to get crucial
There are a vast number of supplements available, however be aware
of what you’re buying as many supplement companies use fillers,
binders and additives in their products to bulk out their supplements.
Time Health supplements are 100% natural and free from any nasty stuff.
8. Eat a rainbow
Another easy trick is to “eat a rainbow”. I’m sure you’ve heard this one
already but let me go over why it’s so important to include different
coloured fruit and veg in your diet. Fruit and vegetables that are
similar in colour generally contains similar vitamins, minerals,
antioxidants and phytonutrients. For example, Berries which are
reddish purple in colour tend to be rich in the antioxidant anthocyanins which support a healthy immune system, whereas orange coloured fruit and veg are generally high in carotenoids, which promote eye health.