Healthy, balanced eating doesn’t have to be complicated. What makes nutrition complex is that we have far too much food, or rather products that resemble food, to choose from.
Take your eating habits back to basics this spring, by keeping it simple, cutting out the packaged stuff and sticking to whole foods. Here are 5 ways you can spring clean your diet:
1. Stick to whole foods
Avoid pre-packaged options and stick to single-ingredient whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes, whole grains, proteins and healthy fats. These should form the foundation of your everyday diet. By simply swapping from quick fix meals to real, nourishing whole foods, you will feel lighter, more energised and your body will transform!
2. Cut the sugar and processed carbs
Sugar is addictive. It spikes your blood sugar levels, as does processed carbs, which leaves you feeling sluggish. There are hidden sugars in so many foods, so be sure to read your ingredient labels when doing your groceries. When it comes to carbs, get yours from vegetables, legumes and small portions of fruit. Avoid the processed, refined grains.
3. Order smart
When eating out or ordering in, it’s easy to opt for the most delicious (and sometimes least healthy) thing on the menu. While I’m all for treating yourself, I’m also all for tactics that help keep your nutrition goals on track. Check the menu and order the best of the generally poor choices on there.
4. Add veggies, to everything
Spinach in smoothies is a pretty common addition, but what about sweet potato brownies, or cauliflower scrambled eggs? Whether baking dessert, looking to beef up morning muffins or giving a healthy makeover to pancakes, sneaking these nutrient-dense foods into otherwise ordinary meals is a delicious (and smart) way to eat.
5. Eat mindfully
Stop scoffing down meals in front of our computer screens or TVs. Tune in to what you’re doing to become mindful of how our bodies feel. No matter how stressed you are, slow down, breathe between bites, and take note when you’re satiated. Odds are you’ll end up eating much less and will feel much better!
Cara-Lisa is a health blogger, fitness enthusiast, wellness coach, and founder of the Caralishious brand. With 17 years of dance experience behind her, Cara-Lisa has first-hand experience in sports nutrition, body conditioning, Pilates, healthy eating and holistic living. After overcoming years of struggle in her relationship with food and body image, it is now her passion to help heal others. You can find Cara-Lisa’s online coaching services and meal plan options atwww.caralishious.com. Her blog includes healthy recipes, nutrition advice, exercise tips and offers simple and sustainable ways to obtain and maintain lasting health. You can also subscribe to Cara’s newsletter for regular updates, recipes, and nutrition tips delivered straight to your email.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.