We all know a healthy diet is super important, but sometimes it just seems overwhelming and where do you really start? Changing your diet can be a daunting task and we all have a different relationship with food. Typically, we are creatures of habit and can become stuck in a rut with our food but at the same time we are skeptical about making changes.
Well, I am here to tell you that it does not have to be difficult, time consuming or a burden on your lifestyle. In fact, there are a few simple changes you could make to your regular diet/nutrition that will leave you feeling energetic and healthy.
The best advice I can give you is to start with small steps and make little changes to any current dietary habits you have that might be less than desirable. I also urge you to keep good, wholesome food in your home which will help eliminate any temptations, especially when you are first starting out with a change of eating and nutritional habits. Once you have some new healthy food habits firmly in place, I am a big advocate for living a balanced lifestyle and being able to enjoy most things in moderation. Food is meant to be enjoyable, however, you need to ensure you have a healthy balance and follow a predominantly nutritious diet to really see and feel positive results.
Always try to consume whole foods which are as close to their natural form (less food from a packet). I understand that this isn’t always easy but it is something you can try and introduce for noticeable results. Make a conscious effort to swap the junk food aisles at the supermarket for the outside aisles with only fresh ingredients. Eating less refined sugars and processed foods will also help regulate your appetite and ensure you aren’t left craving more of those foods. Once your body gets over the initial withdrawals, you will feel much better and you will realise that you don’t actually miss them at all. Try to make your own ‘healthier versions’ of some of your favourite snacks, ie; museli bars, bliss balls and homemade trail mix with dried fruit, nuts and seeds). These are all super simple and delicious!
I also recommend aiming to eat a lean source of protein with every main meal (this will keep you full for longer and reduce cravings and blood sugar spikes). Some great examples of protein to include are: chicken, fish, turkey, kangaroo, lean beef, nuts and eggs.
Finding time to prepare as much as you can ahead of time for your upcoming week is not only a fantastic way to keep you on track with your new healthy eating routine but it is also great for saving time later on in your busy week. I find Sunday works well for me as a great day for meal preparation and getting ready for the week ahead by making snacks and lunches and storing them in the fridge or freezer. The more prepared and organised you are, the more you will find it easier to stick to the healthy food plan during the week and the less likely you will be to fall in a heap and throw in the towel when the going gets tough and those unforeseen circumstances pop up later in the week.
As this is a topic I am very passionate and experienced in, I have co-produced a series of E-Cookbooks, bringing healthy, fresh and delicious meals that are inspiring for the whole family and will bring well rounded nutrition to your kitchen. The ‘My Nourished Kitchen’ series is written by two busy mums, with each book giving a fresh approach to your regular cooking repertoire, while introducing new ingredients into your pantry and suggested healthy substitutes. With over 50 recipes in each book, you can find out more and shop the Ecookbooks at https://my-nourished-kitchen.com/shop/