Why is healthy eating often perceived as scary? The simple fact is: it’s really not that difficult! To get you started on the path to healthy living, here are 10 simple yet awesome healthy eating tips!
Easy Tip #1 – Eat Real, Healthy Foods
To maintain a healthy body, it’s essential to fuel your body with a wide range of nutritionally-rich, unprocessed foods. Meal replacements, frozen ‘diet’ ready meals and similar products might seem enticing for short term weight loss, but they’re often full of hidden ingredients. Eating whole foods is a great way to monitor what you are putting into
your body. For example – eating oats and blueberries rather than a blueberry muffin. Keeping it simple is the way to go.
Easy Tip #2 – Don’t Skip Meals
It is vital to eat regularly if you want your metabolism to be running at max efficiency. Our metabolism is what breaks down the food we eat and determines whether we will be storing the energy in our bodies as fat or using it as an energy source. Skipping meals causes your metabolism to slow down, causing the fat burning process to go much slower.
Easy Tip #3 – Eat Enough
Following on from the last point, it’s vital to eat enough – ESPECIALLY if you’re active! If you don’t, you’ll be low in energy, irritable, tired, and more likely to reach for a sugary snack. The exact amount of calories you need depends on your size and activity level, but if you stay aware of how you feel as you’re eating, you’ll know when you’ve had enough. Be wary - eating enough doesn’t mean eating to the point where you feel you are going to
explode - that means you’re overeating!
Easy Tip #4 – Eat Often
Eating gives your metabolic rate a temporary boost, this is why it is recommended to eat 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day with healthy snacks. It allows the body to be more efficient with digesting versus eating 3 larger meals in one sitting. If you are more comfortable sticking with 3 main meals – make them a little smaller and add a
healthy snack like a fruit or a handful of nuts in-between meals to keep your metabolism going!
Easy Tip #5 – Allow For Treats
Don’t be too drastic when it comes to cutting out your favourite foods. While it’s important to clean up your diet and dump the junk, if you never treat yourself to the foods you love most (even if they aren’t exactly the healthiest), you’ll probably overdo it when you do eat them again. So plan for treats and don’t feel guilty. We are human, after all, and should enjoy the fantastic food around us. Just don’t overdo it!
Easy Tip #6 – Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping yourself hydrated is very important since the human body is made up of ~60% water. Quenching your thirst with high-calorie sugary drinks or diet soda is not the same as replenishing with water. Staying hydrated can also prevent overeating because many people misinterpret hunger with thirst. Water also boosts your energy level, flushes out toxins, and keeps your body functioning optimally!
Easy Tip #7 – Identify Your Triggers
Everybody is different. If you tend to overeat on a regular basis, it can be helpful to observe what triggers you to do so. Some people overeat in response to environmental factors (such as feeling very tired, or after a stressful day at work), whereas for others, certain foods might prompt a binge (for example refined sugars). If you’re aware of your triggers, you can take steps to avoid them, or if that’s not possible, to find relief from stressful situations in some other way instead (like using one of your personalized PumpUp workouts)!
Easy Tip #8 – Be Aware Of Portion Sizes
Many restaurants serve enormous portion sizes compared to what the average person actually needs to eat in a single meal. It’s important to remember that these portion sizes should not be used as a guideline for how to eat at home. There’s no need to weigh and measure your food (unless you find that helpful); just pay attention to not overfill your plate. Before taking a second helping, drink a couple glasses of water. That might do the trick.
Easy Tip #9 – Eat Slowly
If you don’t chew your food properly, you’re more likely to end up with digestive complaints. You’re also more likely to overeat because it takes time for the brain to recognize the body’s satiety signals and reduce the appetite. To top it all off, you’re less likely to really enjoy your food, which can lead to overeating in an attempt to gain the real psychological pleasure that a good meal provides. So if you tend to gobble your food, try to get into the habit of slowing down, chewing slowly and really savouring every mouthful. Don’t be afraid to put your fork down and drink some water during your meal.
Easy Tip #10 – Keep A Food Diary
Keeping a record of what you eat and when is a great way to become more aware of your eating patterns. Visually seeing what you have eaten also helps you to be accountable for what foods you are putting into your body. Often people nibble and snack on foods here and there and don’t realize that doing this throughout the day adds up to a lot of calories. Give it a go!
I hope you’ve learned something about healthy eating from these tips and are inspired to give them a try. Just adding one of these tips to your daily routine can make a world of a difference!