Tips for a tasty, balanced life

In the spirit of Healthy Eating Week, it is never too late to start the journey towards a healthier you. Despite knowing that healthy eating enhances wellbeing, many find it challenging to maintain consistency, variety, and interest when it comes to improving their diet. We know that it’s hard to get motivated sometimes, but we want to show you that prioritising healthy whole foods needn’t be boring. Rather, think of it as an energising form of self care, allowing yourself to enjoy foods that sustain you both physically and mentally. Here’s our top tips…

 

Setting realistic goals

Setting achievable goals is key. Start with small, manageable changes rather than overhauling your entire diet overnight. Little adjustments add up over time: so you could start by replacing sugary snacks with fresh fruit or opt for whole-grain bread as opposed to white. Being realistic about your diet means you’re more likely to stick to the changes you make – remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, take your time and focus on consistency. 

 

Planning and hydration

Meal plans can support you to make healthier choices and avoid last-minute temptations. Spend some time each week planning your meals and snacks, ensuring they include a balance of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Staying hydrated is also essential for overall health, so aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Herbal teas and infused water with slices of lemon, cucumber or berries make for delicious additions to your hydration routine.

 

Regular eating schedule

Listen to your body and its hunger cues. What do they tell you? Try to eat at regular intervals to keep your energy levels stable and prevent overeating. Three balanced meals a day with healthy snacks in between will keep you nourished and satisfied. Paying attention to what you eat and enjoying every bite can also help. Avoid distractions at mealtimes such as watching TV or scrolling your smartphone and instead focus on the flavours, textures, and aromas of the meal you are enjoying. Mindful eating will also help you to recognise when you’re full.

Adding variety to your diet
Think – diverse and nutrient-rich! Fill your plate with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables as different colours often means nutritional variety, making your meals both visually appealing and nutritionally balanced. Try new recipes from different cuisines to keep cooking exciting. Exploring global flavours can introduce you to new ingredients and cooking methods, adding diversity to your diet. Incorporate seasonal produce into your meals is also a good idea, since seasonal fruits and vegetables are often fresher, more flavourful, and more affordable. You’ll soon see that eating seasonally can add a delightful change to your regular meal routine.

 

Prioritising protein

Mix up your protein sources by including a variety of proteins such as lean meats, fish, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Plant-based proteins are excellent for adding variety and are beneficial for overall health. Switch between different whole grains like quinoa, barley, brown rice and oats. These grains are packed with nutrients and can make your meals more interesting.

And remember, occasionally indulging in your favourite treats is perfectly fine. The key is moderation. Satisfying your cravings in small portions can help prevent feelings of deprivation and will keep you motivated on your wellbeing journey.

 

Social eating and grow your own!

Finally, share meals with family and friends whenever possible. Cooking and eating together can make mealtime more enjoyable and provides an opportunity to share healthy recipes and tips. If possible, why not grow your own herbs, vegetables, or fruits. Gardening can be a rewarding hobby that not only provides fresh produce, but also encourages you to eat what you grow.

So, there you have it – a whistle stop tour of top tips! Healthy Eating Week is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your dietary habits and make positive changes. By focusing on consistency, embracing variety, and keeping your meals interesting, you can create a sustainable and enjoyable path to better health. It’s never too late to start making healthier choices, and every small step counts. If you need some inspiration for quick and simple lunches, check out our recipe section!