Rule #1: Make smart food choices
In our last blog post on Healthy Lifestyle Tips, we mentioned three rules you need to follow. These smart choices will bring a healthier lifestyle. Here is a breakdown of rule #1: Make smart choices every time you eat, five top tips on healthy eating:
1. Choose a smart breakfast. Firstly, make sure you do eat breakfast to set your metabolism going for the day, and secondly, make it a good one. Eggs are a great way to start the day, as they are high in protein, which fills you up without bloating and avoids the highs and lows of blood sugar that can be caused by refined carbs such as white bread and sugary cereals.
Team your eggs with a slice of wholewheat or rye toast, or if you are short on time, opt instead for muesli or a low-sugar wholegrain cereal with semi-skimmed organic milk.
2. Switch white bread, rice and pasta for wholewheat options. They are more complex carbohydrates, which means the energy is released more slowly over time. They also represent one of your recommended three daily portions of wholegrains, while the white versions don’t.
3. Be mindful of your snacking. Busy mums are often the worst culprits because it is so easy to pop a few of the kids’ snacks or a few bites of their tea in your mouth almost without noticing – I speak from experience here!
But if you commit to noticing the extras you are taking on board throughout the day, you will soon realise how many extra calories you are racking up, and that knowledge will help you to resist next time.
4. Beware the 4pm slump. Ask yourself whether you really need that biscuit/cake/chocolate bar. See if you can do without, have a cuppa or some nuts and raisins instead, and remember to give yourself a mental pat on the back every time you resist the urge to hit the chocolate cupboard.
5. Simply eat less. Reduce your portion size by at least a third, or even by half, if you tend to overdo it. Your plate doesn’t need to be piled high to fill you up. Make less or take less with you to work, on the understanding that you will have a snack later if you’re still hungry. Pitch it just right, though, and you won’t be!
It might take a little re-training for your stomach to get used to not always being stretched out, if you have overloaded yourself regularly for some time, but it will happen, and you will find that smaller portions satisfy you without causing bloating or weight gain.
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