Being 'healthy' or trying to 'lose-weight' doesn't come easily to everyone, it takes hard work, dedication and conscious decisions each and everyday to lead a healthy lifestyle. However, healthy eating doesn't have to be all that hard, instead I much prefer it's flexible and sustainable over time.. Something that supports YOU and YOUR lifestyle! Below are my tips on how you can help make your lifestyle easier and healthier overall.
Plan & Meal Prep
Planning out your weeks in advance and meal prepping ingredients, portions or even your entire meals for the week ahead can save you a lot of time throughout the week. For me, this is a no brainer, having my meals organised takes a lot of the stress of what to eat out of the equation.
Eat Your Veggies
Adding veggies to your meals, along with some protein, fats and carbohydrates allows you to have a 'nutritionally balanced' plate! If all of your meals are made up of this composition, you're on the right track to making your meals healthier. This will also decrease the amount of non 'nutritionally balanced' meals you'll be consuming at each meal. I love sneaking vegetables into my pasta sauces, dips, smoothies sometimes and definitely throughout the day as a snack.. because you can never eat too many veggies right?!
Cook Your Grains Ahead Of Time
This has to be one of my favourite tips because it's so useful throughout the week. I recommend you pre-cook your grains and even vegetables throughout the week, so you're not sitting there at each meal cooking all of your veggies and grains. Sometimes, I'll admit I even use those 90 second rice containers and simply pop them in the microwave to save me time! Food shouldn't be long, tedious and daunting.. Instead we're trying to minimise our decision making process and enjoy food.
Water, Water, Water
Drink lots of water throughout the day! If you're an energy drinker or soft drinker, try to make switches to water. Drinking more water throughout the day will not only make you feel better, it'll help your body process your food better throughout the day too.
Listen To Your Body
My last tip is when you're hungry, listen to your body and eat! Don't ignore your cravings.. It's important your body gets what it wants. I'll often eat like below because I'm HUNGRY during the day!
- Breakfast - 7:30am
- Snack 1 - 10:30am
- Lunch - 1pm
- Snack 2 - 3:30pm (if I'm hungry)
- Dinner - 6:30pm
Eating this frequently allows me to feel full and satisfied throughout the day. I suggest listening to your body throughout the day and trying to eat a good amount of food each and everyday, so you're not left starving when it comes to dinner/ night time. Eating like the above can seriously stop overeating when it comes to your main meals and it may cause your food satisfaction to go through the roof.
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