Think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small steps rather than one big change. If you make changes gradually you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.
Try not to be too concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of colour and variety – it should then be easier to make healthy choices. Find foods you love and easy recipes that include a few fresh ingredients.
Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious. Start slowly and make changes to your eating habits over time. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan.
Every little change you make to improve your diet matters.
• Add a salad to your diet once a day
• Switch from butter to olive oil when cooking.
Small changes like this become habit and you can slowly add more healthy choices to your diet. Remember – you don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet!
Your long term goal is to feel good, have more energy and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let any mistakes you make put you off —every healthy food choice you make counts.
It may help to think of water and exercise as food groups in your diet. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins. Dehydration causes tiredness, low energy and headaches. It’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.
Find something active that you like to do and add it to your day – a short walk for example. Regular exercise may help you to make healthy food choices a habit.