I used to be the diet queen. It wasn’t until I decided to give up dieting and become a healthy person that my life changed; I was finally able to lose 35 kilos and have been in my healthy weight range for over 22 years.
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To have good health and wellbeing you must have an eating regime that includes a balanced intake of foods from all the food groups in moderate portions. You should also include regular exercise.
Don’t think of it as a short-term ‘diet’ but a long-term lifestyle change.
Here are my tips for switching to healthier food choices:
1) Make changes gradually
Don’t expect to become a healthy person overnight, if you change your habits too dramatically then you may find it hard to stick to the routine.
Make changes gradually and permanently e.g. if you hate skim milk, start with trim and after a while progress to skim milk.
2) Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and veggies
The best way is to experiment and try lots of different ways to cook using these food groups.
It is recommended to have between 2-4 serves of fruit and 3-5 serves of vegetables a day. And when it comes to grains try to have wholegrain instead of white bread, rice or pasta. My El Dorado Salad is a tasty salad option; with the added protein from kidney beans this recipe can be a complete vegetarian meal or enjoyed with a serve of meat.
3) Eat moderate portions
The recommended serve of meat for a main meal is around 90 grams (cooked) or similar in size to the palm of your hand. A serve of fruit should be a medium piece of fruit or around 150 grams.
The perfect plate of food should be 1/2 vegetables or salad, 1/4 carbohydrates, and 1/4 lean protein.
4) Know your weaknesses
To become healthier, you first need to know what you are doing wrong. A great way to see where you are going wrong is to write down everything you eat for a few days, underline everything that is unhealthy and circle everything that is healthy. If there are too many lines, you know it’s time to change. If there is one food you are eating too much of, make sure it doesn’t end up in the supermarket trolley.
5) Quit dieting
Remember dieting doesn’t work. All you achieve on a diet is hunger and deprivation then once you quit the diet all the weight goes back on and usually more.
All food can be enjoyed in moderation. There is no need to feel guilty every time you have a biscuit or bowl of ice-cream; as long as you eat in moderation as part of a healthy balanced plan.
Overeating is one of the main causes to obesity.
You have to start somewhere, why not start with by working on one of the above each week; at the end of five weeks you will have created some great new healthy habits.
Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Please share in the comments below.