With so much conflicting information about healthy eating, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to addressing your diet. Many of us know how to eat healthily, but become stuck on old habits. Try the following tips to kick-start a healthier attitude towards food:
1. Make realistic goals
Completely overhauling your lifestyle in one fail swoop isn’t realistic. Instead aim to change a few habits at a time and work your way up to the bigger changes. It’s also important not to give up at the first hurdle – if you fall off the wagon – get back on it. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
2. Identify your bad habits
Keep a food diary and note down your emotions and what you’re doing every time you eat. You should spot a pattern (such as emotionally fuelled snacking) and once identified, you can start to investigate strategies to change.
3. Be prepared
Stock your kitchen full of healthy foods and throw away anything unhealthy. Having temptation in the house when you’re trying to change bad habits is simply asking for trouble.
4. Get enough sleep
There have been a number of studies that link sleep deprivation with overeating. This is because, when we’re tired our body is psychologically primed to seek out more food for fuel. You can get around this by getting good quality sleep and snacking on protein for energy rather than high-sugar foods.
5. Eat at the table
Every time you eat a meal, make sure you eat it at the table. Eating in front of computer screens at work or our TVs at home can cause us to mindlessly consume excess calories. When you are focussed on the food in front of you, you are more likely to recognise when you become full.
6. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol is second only to fat in terms of calories. That means your nightly glass of wine could be ruining any healthy eating efforts. Try to stay alcohol free for five days a week and when you do drink, opt for low-calorie beverages such as vodka and tonic or light beer.
Find out how a hypnotherapist could help you change the way you think about food on our weight loss page.
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