Do you love to read about the current healthy eating trends? There have been quite a few in recent years – keto, paleo, vegan, plant based, to name a few – it can get quite confusing! Here are a few tips to help you choose and maintain a healthy diet.
Tips for maintaining a healthy diet.
Variety definitely is the spice of life
Including as many different colours, tastes and textures in the food we eat is a good idea. These differences result from the diverse nutrients and properties of the food which mean they have varying health benefits. Variety also helps keeps your taste buds interested, so you don’t get bored, eating the same food over and over again. So remember to eat a rainbow!
Remember your grandmother
Did your grandmother cook fairly simple meals based around meat and vegetables with a few herbs or spices thrown in for flavour? All the ingredients were easily recognisable weren’t they? Perhaps many even came from the backyard. We have a lot of choice these days, but a healthy diet doesn’t have to include the current on trend ingredient – fresh vegetables and quality protein are packed full of nutrition and are good options.
There is no point having the healthiest diet, if it increases your stress and means you have no time for fun and relaxation! Spend some time thinking about how you can work meals into your schedule and budget. Do you need to allocate time to do some preparatory work, so that meals in the following days are easier to prepare? Can you bulk buy some items – perhaps online or from markets to get a cheaper price?
Eat what works for you
Everything is becoming personalised these days and its important to remember this when it come to the food you eat. Just because a friend (or celebrity) is thriving on a particular diet doesn’t mean it will be the healthiest choice for you. Try different foods and ways of eating, notice how it makes you feel and seek professional help if there are any adverse effects or you aren’t getting the results you want.
There is a lot of information around about healthy eating. Hopefully these ideas have given you some food for thought.