We are bombarded on all sides with information about what foods we should and shouldn’t eat. If you browse the internet looking for nutrition guidelines you will probably just end up getting more confused the more research you do.
The other issue is that even if you decide on your perfect diet, and you know exactly what you should be eating, sometimes food choices turn out to be emotional rather than rational. With the best will in the world you can find yourself indulging in some food you didn’t intend to.
So how can you improve your diet without doing hours of research, confusing yourself, or constantly letting your stomach rule your head?
The answer has to be to make small individual healthy choices when the opportunity arises. Eventually these choices will become habit. Don’t aim for perfection either, just make one diet decision that is healthier than the alternative.
Here are a few examples of the way to build healthy habits:
Buying a sandwich?
Choose brown bread over white
Add some extra vegetables
Offered a large cake at work?
Offer to go halves with someone
At a buffet?
Pile on the salad and lean meats
Need an afternoon pick me up?
Get a banana not a biscuit
Out for dinner?
Choose melon for starter
Invited out for drinks?
Alternate alcohol with water
Breakfast on the run?
Grab a fruit smoothie
Can’t be bothered to cook?
Keep some healthy ready meals in the freezer
Can’t stop snacking?
Reach for cherry tomatoes
Your diet is the sum of the individual choices you make on a daily basis. Take baby steps to create healthy habits which will last for a lifetime!