Being the New Year I thought it only appropriate to discuss getting back into a healthy routine with a focus on good food. It’s very easy to let the holiday food creep on into January as you return to work. This can seem like a good idea at the time, almost like you’re extending your holiday, however keep it up and you’re in for low energy, weight gain, sluggish digestion and a gradual decline of your health. So if you’re finding it difficult to get off the holiday foods here are a few tips to help you successfully achieve the switch to a healthy diet.
- Clear Out The Cupboards – If you have energy zapping foods in your cupboard e.g. potato chips, sweets, biscuits, pastries then get rid of them straight away. Don’t be fooled into thinking if you put them on a higher shelf that they will stay there, in a moment of weakness temptation may come calling. So clear out the junk and make way for healthy, delicious food.
- Plan – Possibly the most important tip is to plan. The first few weeks are always the hardest of any dietary changes, even just getting back into eating healthy. So sit down and work out what you want to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for every day of that week and put it on the fridge. This meal plan will help you stick to what you want to be eating. Use this to buy the ingredients you need for the week and you’re set, there are no excuses as the food is already there. Making meals ahead of time and freezing them will also help for the days you can’t be bothered to cook.
- Get Inspired – Step away from the stuffy, air-conditioned supermarkets and go down to the markets or a local green grocer and get inspired by the beautiful, healthy food that’s around. Simply seeing healthy food that’s grown locally can inspire you to cook foods you may not have tried before. Also jump into your recipe books or online for new recipes and ideas to keep it interesting.
- Make It Fun – Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean sitting alone at home eating carrot sticks, in fact once you start you’ll probably find yourself enjoying food more than ever. Making it fun will depend on what interests you but while it’s summer why not try a healthy picnic at the beach with friends, going out to a nice restaurant that serves healthy food or having a dinner party serving foods that nourish you and give you energy.
- Make Food Your Priority – If you make what you put in your mouth one of your top priorities every day, the benefits you reap will soon make healthy eating the easiest thing you do. What you eat determines how well your body functions and therefore your health. 85% of the great results we see in the practice are due to people making positive dietary changes and because they made food their priority.
Good luck and have fun enjoying beautiful, healthy, life giving foods.