Healthy Eating Guidelines

Firstly I never adhere to cutting a food completely out or fad diets. Healthy should not be about deprivation. I love food and eat for enjoyment as well as sustenance. It is a social thing for me. Therefore do’s and don’ts are only guidelines and of course can be bent/broken or adhered to as stringently as you want depending on what you are trying to achieve. I tend to have healthy food in my house and at work, and won’t buy junk, but I will eat what I want if I go out to eat or am with others. With that in mind here are some guidelines I use:
Less:
  • deep fried food
  • processed foods
  • fizzy drinks
  • fear of healthy fats
  • weighing yourself or relying on bmi calculators (video explanation from Kym non stop here) trust a tape measure and your clothes.
  • refined simple carbs – all the white carbs (not including potatoes) replace with wholewheat/complex breads and pasta’s etc or even better; whole grains, legumes and veg subs. These are all lower in sugar and have much more nutritional value – Subs page to come
  • refined sugar – avoid added sugar where you can. If using sugar or sugar substitutes it should be a less refined sugar closer to it’s natural form. e.g raw honey
More:
  • water – yes you will need to go to the toilet more to begin with but you will feel better for it.
  • whole foods. That is food in it’s natural form.
  • colourful food. The more variety in colour, the more variety in nutrients you will get. And it looks more appetizing too!.
  • organic/free range when possible – but yes it is more expensive (list of things to buy organic if possible to come)
  • looking at ingredient lists – If you are buying processed foods, the guide is; the fewer ingredients the better. If you don’t know what it is/how it’s made or can’t pronounce it…probably not good.
  • small meals 4/5 times a day. Don’t wait to get too hungry or your portions will grow. Eating more often – yaaay!!
  • stop when you are full!! you can eat again in a few hours after all
  • using smaller plates – you can always go back for seconds
  • using a smaller fork/spoon – this will force you to eat slower
  • portion control – the above points helps with this.
  • chewing. properly. It will help you brain register when you are full
  • looking at nutrition labels – focus on sugar content
  • taking a minute to smell your food before you eat. It will slow you down and you will appreciate it more
  • paying attention to what you eat – tv etc. distracts us into eating more than we need
  • carrying healthy snacks with you when out and about
  • using spices. Yes healthy food can seem boring so don’t be scared of the spice cupboard to add flavour. If buying pre-mixed spices, check the labels to make sure it doesn’t have added sugar.

Notes: Just because there are desserts on this site which are deemed ‘healthy’, it doesn’t mean they are meant to be consumed to excess. But if you are going to have a sweet treat, these are a far better alternative than anything you will buy from a store. Some are healthier than others, which is mostly dependent on the amount of sweetening. Albeit from a natural sugar source…it is still a sugar source nonetheless.

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