Fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon? Implement these 10 strategies to get you back on track – stat!
1. Drink more water
We often mistake thirst for hunger. Keep a bottle of water on you at all times to sip on throughout the day. Aim for 2 litres.
2. Keep a food diary
Start recording everything you eat – you’re much less likely to splurge when you know you have to record every sneaky m&m that passes your lips!
3. Don’t let a bad meal turn into a bad day
…and definitely don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week. Jump straight back into healthy eating the next opportunity you get.
4. Learn to love cooking
Take-out is a healthy diet’s worst enemy. Learn to love cooking so you’re excited about preparing healthy meals and snacks in advance, then you’ll always have something tasty ready-to-go in the fridge.
5. Learn to say no
You don’t have to accept every offer of free food or birthday cake – a simple ‘No thank you, I’m not hungry’ will suffice, and save you the guilty feelings later on.
6. Throw out the junk food in your fridge and pantry
If you still have unhealthy food tempting you in the back of the pantry – it’s time to bin it. If you don’t own it, you can’t eat it.
7. Add more protein to your meals
Protein helps keep us satiated between meals, reducing the need to snack. Good sources of protein include lean meat, chicken, legumes, eggs, cottage cheese and nuts and seeds.
8. Question yourself every time you reach for a snack
Every time you wander into the pantry, ask yourself the following question: Am I hungry enough to eat an apple? If the answer is no, then you’re not really hungry, you’re just bored. Have a glass of water and find something else to do.
9. Don’t skip meals
Don’t try to make up for an indulgent weekend by skipping meals – you’ll only end up hungrier and risk spiralling into an uncontrolled eating binge later on. Get straight back into eating three healthy meals and two small snacks every day – that’s the best way.
10. Focus on the benefits of food
View every opportunity to eat as a time to nourish your body. When we eat healthy, wholesome foods, we perform better mentally and physically, our skin and hair appears shinier and healthier, and we feel better about ourselves emotionally. Keep this in mind every time you prepare a meal or reach for a snack – and the healthy choices will come naturally.