Healthy eating can feel overwhelming and downright impossible, so to help out, we made a list of the best tips to help you live longer, feel better, and shed those extra pounds.
1. Cook more
It’s so easy to order takeaway or eat out, but it’s when we actually get in the kitchen and cook with food that we really develop a true appreciation for it.
How much more rewarding does it feel when you’ve cooked up a meal for your partner or your friends and they tell you how much they enjoy it? It’s the best feeling in the world when you get to share food together with your loved ones.
2. Make veggies the hero
Veggies are highly underrated, yet they can be so versatile and play the hero role in any meal. The healthiest diets in the world are those that incorporate plenty of plant food.
To know if you’re eating enough nutrient-packed veggies, we recommend filling at least half of your plate with them. This way you’ll be getting more fiber in, different micronutrients and polyphenols, and it helps with achieving your veggie needs.
3. It’s not just what we eat, it’s how we eat
Too many of us are mindlessly eating, whether that’s having lunch at our desks or gobbling down snacks on the couch while we watch TV. We need to sit down and enjoy our meals without distractions, and to make more time for our meals and enjoy them socially with family and friends, rather than with our technology.
In today’s fast paced society, it is easy for us to get caught up in life and lose touch with the signals our bodies are sending us. By becoming more conscious of true hunger, as opposed to cravings, we are better able to moderate our intake and maintain a healthy body weight.
Mindful eating is all about listening to what our body tells us about our hunger levels and enjoyment of food. Take the time to stop, be thankful for the food instead of rushing it down with your mind elsewhere.
To practice mindful eating, make sure you take your lunch break at work (away from your desk) and at dinner time, sit at the table (yep, not on the couch) and enjoy your meal.
Turn the TV off and put your phone away, and just take the time to cherish this special time with your loved ones.
This way we tend to eat less.
4. Don’t over-complicate food
Food doesn’t need to be complicated to taste good. Find the simple pleasures in food and don’t feel pressure to dish up a Master Chef worthy plate.
Avocado on toast, yogurt with berries, quinoa with roasted vegetables are all examples of simplicity at its finest.
5. Herbs and spices
Instead of relying on salt and artificial flavors, try experimenting with different herbs and spices.
Herbs and spices not only pack a powerful punch when it comes to flavor, but are also nutrient dense additions to the diet.
Some of our top picks are freshly grated ginger, turmeric, garlic, coriander and lemongrass. They are all simple and cost effective ways to transform any old dish.
6. Eat fermented foods
Get your daily dose of probiotic goodness by enjoying fermented foods such as sugar free yogurt, kefir, miso, kombucha and sauerkraut.
These foods play an important part in our diet as they deliver beneficial bacteria which help support good bowel health and digestion, and boost our immune function.
Even our emotional health can benefit from promoting a healthy balance of gut bacteria from eating fermented foods regularly. A large percentage of our neurotransmitters such as serotonin, our ‘feel good’ brain chemical, is produced in the gut.
7. Try something new (even if you were put off it as a child)
Many of us were brought up being served over boiled veggies which lost all their color and flavor, and we were forced to eat them until our plates were bare. For many this experience may have tarnished their relationship with certain foods, but it’s important we don’t let this change the way we eat for the rest of our lives.