Do you find it hard to stay disciplined with your diet, no matter how often you tell yourself that you need to get healthy? Maybe you’ve set your expectations too high – healthy living doesn’t have to feel like a chore. If you’ve been struggling to get back on track when it comes to what you put in your body, forget the bigger picture, and start by making small changes instead.
Whether you want to start a lower cholesterol diet, cut down on sugar, or consume more fruit and veg – here are some simple and effective ways to change your bad eating habits.
Cut the Grease
If you prefer your food fried in butter and dripping in oil, then you’re most likely not doing your body any favours. The first thing to do is check what kind of fat you are eating. If you’re using butter to cook, then switch to olive oil or sesame oil instead. Ask yourself if there’s a healthier way to cook the recipes you love. Do you need to fry that burger, or could you bake it in the oven instead? Keep in mind that fat is not the enemy here – nuts, olive oil and avocado for example all contain healthy fats that are excellent for your body in moderation.
Start a Low Cholesterol Diet
Lowering your cholesterol through diet doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds – and there’s no reason to cut out eggs, either! A low cholesterol diet contains healthy fats, conscious consumption of animal products, and a lot of variety. Other small changes, such as introducing plant sterols into your diet, can also make a big difference when it comes to lowering your cholesterol – if you want to learn more, check out this advice on healthy cholesterol diets.
How to Be a Healthy Snacker
If you’re the kind of person who can’t make it through the day without snacking, don’t worry – you don’t have to get rid of the habit entirely. The trick is to snack on good foods instead. If you’re a sweet snacker, try switching to dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. Why not make your own trail mix? Once prepared, it will last you the week and will make for a great snack on the go. If you’re more of a savoury kind of snacker, try hummus and carrot sticks or some satisfying pitta bread.
Eat Your Five a Day
If you find it difficult to eat enough fruit and vegetables, try to turn it into a habit. We’re not saying you need to eat a salad for every meal, but adding a vegetable side is a quick and healthy method. Skip the rice once in a while and replace it with green beans, roast a selection of vegetables instead of having fries with your meat, and add some fresh strawberries or raspberries to your yoghurt in the morning.
Eat the Right Kind of Carbs
It’s a myth that you should completely cut carbs out to live a healthy life. Our body needs carbs to run successfully, and they are essential to a healthy and balanced diet. Instead, opt for wholegrain carbs over refined grains whenever possible. Whether it’s your toast in the morning, the pasta you have for lunch, or the rice dish you are making for dinner – whole grains give your body the kind of energy it needs and lowers your risk of disease considerably.
So there you have it – just five ways you can get back on track, ditch the idea of a ‘diet’ for good, and start to make being healthy an enjoyable part of your everyday life.