So last week, I woke up one morning thinking about how I can improve my eating habits into something a little more healthy and sustainable so I can lead a more healthier lifestyle.
Now, i have to first rant a little about faddy quick fix diets that quite often involve living off shakes and “meal replacement products/bars”. Lets be honest, nobody on this earth is going to want to sustain a lifestyle of eating bars and drinking shakes as their everyday meal, especially when you’re attending social events or meeting up with friends for food etc… 9/10 You are going to fail and you are going to binge eat and end up gaining back twice as much weight as you did before! Trust me, I’ve tried them all and been there done that so to speak…
To me, healthy eating is all about eating less of the bad stuff and replacing and tweaking your overall diet plan by adding in some healthy bits. A healthy lifestyle does not need to be overwhelming of any sort, in fact, the most sustainable way to do it is to make small, gradual changes. Im not going to expect too much of myself too soon as I know this is a marathon – a lifetime one, not a sprint!
Here are the simple changes I am going to adopt this week:
*Select brown bread instead of white bread – this is easy for me as I LOVE brown bread*
*Use mustard instead of mayo on my sandwiches*
*Eat the white meat of cooked chicken instead of dark meat*
*Bake, grill or boil my food instead of frying*
*Switch from full-fat cheese to reduced fat cheese*
*Reduce portion size*
*Replace fries with a garnished side salad*
*Snack on fruit and veg instead of chocolate and crisps*
*Drink plenty of water*
As you can see, I’m not completely cutting food out. I am replacing them with healthier alternatives that will be better for my general health.
So, here goes! I will let you know next week if I’ve completely ate my words and buried my head in the sand at the nearest McDonalds…