Healthy eating is important, and we know it.
A national Omnipoll survey indicated 52% of Australians want to improve their eating habits and lose weight. However, only 1 in 20 of us meet daily recommended fruit and vegetable servings.
If you’re just a ‘beginner’, changing the way you eat can seem daunting and overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be.
Here are 7 easy healthy eating tips to get you started on your healthy eating journey.
1. Prepare more meals at home
2. Plan ahead
Take 5 minutes at the end of each day, or 20 minutes on a Sunday, to plan out your healthy meals and snacks.
Make sure you have the ingredients you need, and if required, schedule some time to buy them. This will cut down your nights of takeaway and two-minute noodles!
3. Follow the ‘Healthy Plate’ guidelines
Have you seen a ‘healthy plate’ before? It’s half filled with non-starchy vegetables, one quarter is filled with lean protein, and the final quarter is for low GI carbohydrates.
Keep to these proportions and you’ll be well on your way!
4. Try one or two new recipes each week
Learn to love healthy food by researching and preparing new recipes that pack flavour. There’s heaps out there!
Make sure you plan these nights in advance. Inviting family and friends over for dinner is the perfect incentive.
5. Make the most of leftovers
When planning your meals for the week, consider when you might benefit from having leftovers, and prepare extra portions on days or nights when you can cook.
You’ll love coming home to a home-cooked meal after a long day, and the money you’ll save by not buying lunch.
6. Always have a fridge stocked with vegetables
Like point number 3, your lunch and dinner plate should always be half-full with vegetables, so make sure your fridge is ready!
Get the most out of your veggies by storing them in the crisper, and become familiar with shelf lives, so you know which ones to use first.
7. Have a contingency plan
Some days, all planning and good intentions go out the window. So, always keep some frozen veggies and steamed fish pouches in the freezer.
Soup is also a great option – just make sure there aren’t too many preservatives or salt (you can read the label if in doubt).
Help is at hand
If you need help with your diet, don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Fuller. She’s your friendly and knowledgeable Pascoe Vale dietitian who can help answer nutrition-related questions, prepare personalised meal plans for you and much more.
Source: The Nutrition Code
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs. Page last updated 27 May 2022.