How to start your own healthy well-being diet.
In Irish fashion news, we look at simple ways to help you kickstart your own healthy well-being lifestyle.
We know how daunting it can be to make changes to your lifestyle. Sometimes, people do not know where to start when they want to alter their diet or routine.
Or they completely underestimate how hard it is to break a bad habit. While thoughts of joining a gym or cutting back on their favourite foods come to mind, this is easier said than done.
But it doesn’t have to be impossible. There are plenty of ways you can try to become a healthier version of you. Keep reading for some simple habits to kickstart your well-being health journey.
Try To Go For Snacks With Single Ingredients
While an apple a day might not keep the doctor away, it does offer some pretty great health benefits.
Single foods, whether they are fruits, vegetables, nuts or protein, are generally considered healthy. The things that make foods unhealthy comes down to how they are processed, not the raw state of the ingredient.
So, when you have the munchies, focus on single ingredients with plenty of nutrients. This could be your apple or some baby carrots or bell peppers.
Convenience Foods Can Be A Good Thing
Convenience foods have come a long way. But they can sometimes have a bad rep. Once upon a time, anything pre-cut was packed with chemicals to lock in flavour.
However, now, there are countless unadulterated products that make mealtime easier for consumers. These can include grains that only need to be heated or eggs that are already hard-boiled.
Choose Smarter Take Out Options
We need to stop beating ourselves up over ordering food. It is something everyone does, and we all enjoy it.
What matters most is the food you are eating. If the food is delicious, chances are it has sugar, butter, salt and your instinct that it is not the healthiest is probably correct.
This, however, does not mean that it is shameful. While it is yummy, just be aware of the ingredients. Healthy restaurants are popping up all over the place and will list the ingredients in each dish.
When going for the healthiest take out, choose vegetable based dishes without a lot of sauces and with high-quality proteins.
And make sure that the sodium content will not leave you thirsty. It is also perfectly okay to leave the leftovers for the next day. In fact, sometimes they taste even better.
Do Not Underestimate The Power Of Your Freezer
There are a lot of people who forget how useful our freezers can be. Buying some frozen vegetables can save you time and money.
And they offer nutrient profiles that are shockingly similar to fresh foods. For those of you who struggle to make a meal when you get home, try choosing a ready meal with healthy ingredients for when you need it.
And if you do get inspired in the kitchen, you can freeze stews, casseroles and soups for months to come.
Do Not Be Afraid Of Redefining Your Meal
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a meal with little to no prep involved. So, gather some protein, produce and a carb without slaving away in the kitchen.
This could be something simple like getting a plate of cheese, crackers, fruit and some nuts and nibbling on them as a meal.
Some people do not have the energy to make something in the kitchen. Be intentional and put some food on a plate so you can see what you are eating.
And try to relax more in the process. If you find you relax more in front of your computer or on your couch, you are not hurting anyone. Just be conscientious about your proportions.
Get Out And Make It Social
A long time ago, people traded everything from crops to animals because no one could handle every nutrient need.
And while we do not have to go back to those days, you can become healthier if you take a more community-minded approach.
This could mean doing your food shop with a friend. Or maybe you prep a whole week’s worth of smoothies in your friend’s kitchen.
You can also do the meal prep one week and let your friend take over the next. It’s a bit like having a workout buddy. When you work out with someone, you are more likely to stick to your fitness goals.
Keep Nutritious And Realistic Food On Hand
We get it. Dried beans are cheaper and more nutritious than their canned counterparts. However, what are the chances of you soaking them overnight and then boiling them for an hour or two the next day?
It can be long and tedious and not something that everyone has time for. So, keeping a realistic cupboard full of food rather than an ambitious one can help you eat better.
And all with minimal effort. Know your taste and preference and go from there. If you do not like unsalted nuts, go with salted ones. Nuts that are eaten are better than ones that go rancid after being left in your cupboard.
Stock Up On Grab And Go Snacks
We all know that we make less than ideal choices when it comes to our health if we are super hungry. Not only is this common, but it is nothing to be ashamed of.
You just need to stave off that feeling and keep your wits about you. And one of the best ways to do this is by carrying quick snacks that you can grab and go. These can be granola bites, protein bars or a piece of fruit.
Think About Your Transportation
We have all heard of the usual advice when it comes to using transport – either walk or bike to work instead of driving. And if you live a few minutes away from work, this is good advice.
However, some of us are not that lucky and this is not a feasible option. But there are ways to increase your steps throughout the day.
If you have to take public transport, get off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. This will increase your physical exercise without making you late and affecting your travel time.
For those of you who travel to work, try parking further away. This is an easy way to get a couple more steps in by walking a longer distance across the car park.
Do Not Forget About Your Workplace
Thanks to everything opening back up after the pandemic, we are slowly making our way back to the workplace. But that doesn’t mean that small changes cannot take place here as well.
If your workplace has a gym, try using it. Even if you just walk on the treadmill. It can cut down on the cost and time heading to and from the gym. For those of you who are not lucky to have a workplace gym, there are still steps you can take.
If you work on the upper floor, try taking the stairs instead of the lift. Or you can get off the lift a floor below you own and walk the rest of your way.
When you have to go to the bathroom, try using a different floor. And if you have the time to do so, try taking a walk at lunchtime.
Not only will you get your steps in, but you also get a break from the office. And as it is recommended we get 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, this is a good way to chip away at that goal.
While we all love to snack, try to keep them away from your desk. But if you must keep snacks nearby, make sure they are healthy foods like fruit or nuts.
It Is Okay To Start Small
When people start to become healthier, they think they need to give up their favourite foods or stock up on ‘superfoods’ to get results.
However, it is the small steps in our diets and lifestyle that will be the key to lasting change. So, by no means do you have to jump in and make all of these changes.
There are easier ways to begin your health journey without things being too drastic. Instead, it is perfectly ok to focus on one or two and commit to sticking to them. Once you make a change a habit, you can add in more small goals and keep going.
For example, it is easy to increase your intake or fruit and vegetables, but you do not have to always go with fresh options.
Canned or frozen can be great when you are in a pinch and will still benefit your diet and health goals.
If you find you drink a lot of fizzy drinks, try to commit to cutting back throughout the day. Cannot imagine giving up your favourite pizza?
Try going for a slice loaded with veggies rather than your process meats. Or even better, make your pizza at home.
Making your own food can be a great way to start adding healthy improvements into your diet because you are in control of what exactly is in your food. There you have it. Some simple habits to kickstart your health journey.
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