Often, simple is best. Little things, done consistently lead to BIG changes. Which of these simple healthy food tips will you implement first?
If you can plan ahead you're halfway to winning the battle. Shop wisely and ensure you have access to the right foods for the coming week ahead.
Eat a substantial breakfast especially on those mornings when you plan to work out.
At work or in the car, keep a stash of fruit or other healthy snacks. For example, unsalted nuts and raisins make great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks.
Pack Healthy Food
Make up your own pack lunch the night before. Let's face it, you won't do it in the morning. Include healthy foods such as wholemeal sandwiches and fruit.
Plan for Convenience
If you plan to go out straight after work, ensure there's something healthy and convenient ready prepared for you to munch on when you return.
Ensure there is plenty of fresh water available at work or during your day. If not, take your own supply.
Timing of meals and healthy food
Most of us have to fit in meals and snacks around work and family commitments. However, there are a few simple guidelines worth following:
Have a small mid-morning and afternoon snack to help sustain and smooth out energy levels.
Carbohydrates for Recovery
Ensure you eat plenty of carbohydrate-rich foods and drink plenty of water after your workouts for efficient muscle recovery.
Your healthy mental approach to food
Some people struggle to make positive changes to their long-term eating patterns. Not because of a lack of knowledge, but because of their attitudes towards and beliefs about food. Bear the following in mind:
Plan for Success
Don't feel you have to follow a calorie-controlled diet. They can be doomed to failure and often create negative feelings towards food and healthy eating.
Try to think of foods in terms of their tastes and the health benefits they can offer you rather than the calories they do or don't contain.
No Banned Foods
Don't think of any food as totally banned. Allowing yourself the odd treat will keep you sane and healthy.
Remember You're Human
Don't worry if you can't follow all the recommendations straight away. It's called being human. Pat yourself on the back for making a start.