We often feel bombarded with advice about healthy eating, what to eat, what to drink, what’s “good for us”. Many are concerned about diet issues like extra weight, additives in our food, or getting enough nutrition.
Perhaps we just need a little renovation in our eating habits which cater to our needs and “budget” – something realistic and achievable. It is not just about the foods we choose, but also how and when we eat it. These decisions, like our daily routines, affect our health. For example, do you skip meals when you get busy? Are you living on take-out food? Do you tend to eat late dinners? Habits like these can trigger unhealthy eating.
Here are some tips for renovating your eating habits – and you’ll be on your way to a healthier diet.
- There’s nothing worse than opening the refrigerator when you’re hungry and then trying to decide what to have for dinner. Plan your meals so you’re not stuck with no choice but to eat out or heat up processed frozen food. Once a week, write out a menu, make a grocery list so you know the ingredients will be handy, post your menu and even assign others in the household to help make each meal.
- Cooking ‘from scratch’ stretches farther when you make double. Freeze the leftovers or keep for the next night.
- Drink a large glass of water before each meal, if you need some flavour, consider herbal and green teas.
- Establish a regular meal routine according to your schedule. Keep it constant.
Don’t skip the most important meal of the day – breakfast. It helps jump start your metabolism and keep you feeling full.
- Try and get two meals from one. Extra chicken legs baked one night can be the basis for chicken Caesar salad the next. Rice as a side dish turns into yummy fried rice. Extra sausages can be added to spaghetti sauce for the next day’s meal.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand for when you get the munchies – fresh fruit, cut up vegetables, hummus, nuts, yogurt, etc.
- Watch out for snacking when you’re doing something else like watching TV, driving or working on the computer. You’ll eat better and feel more full if you focus on just eating!
- Consider healthy convenience foods that make it easier to cook a meal, such as cut up vegetables, shredded cheese, frozen fruits, pre-cooked chicken pieces, flavoured tofu, etc.
Combine take-out with your home prepared, e.g. cooked BB chicken served with a salad and a loaf of crusty whole wheat bread.