7 Ways to Eat Healthy

by frank-stuart
2APR

Skip the meat

According to findings from Oxford University, vegetarians are 32 per cent less likely to suffer from heart disease – so eating less meat can actually be beneficial to your health. You don’t have to eliminate a steak or some bacon altogether, but aim to have a few meat-free days a week to boost your health.

Eat green

Eating leafy greens gives you a happy and healthy body and also pushes toxins out of your body, improving liver detoxification. Stock up on kale, broccoli or spinach at lunch and dinner for clearer skin and a flat stomach.

Drink up

Hunger can sometimes be confused for thirst, so have a glass of water to feel fuller. High liquid intake also helps keep cravings at bay and reduces bloating. Make sure you drink at least two litres of water every day, and avoid sugar-loaded juices and soft drinks. Tea and coconut water is preferable.

Keep a food journal

Keeping a food journal is a popular way for you to track your health. Log everything you eat in a food diary to keep track of what you consume and to make healthier choices in the long run. It can be time consuming, but it’s also a proven and fantastic way to eat cleaner and healthier. Spend time reflecting on what and when you’ve eaten as well, so you can monitor any bad behaviour and adjust them. If you don’t want to write this down, browse through some health apps for your smartphone or tablet that can help you keep track.

Don’t skip breakfast

The saying is true: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a noble and dinner like a pauper”. Breakfast is king to healthy living. Researchers in the UK found those who skip breakfast are more attracted to fatty, unhealthy food later in the day – so load up on the good stuff at the start of your day. Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast food? Porridge, eggs, whole grain toast, muesli, fruit – the world is your oyster!

Don’t starve

This is a massive no-no for healthy living. Don’t skip meals because, firstly, it’s bad for your health, and secondly, can cause binge eating and fat gain. Instead, eat every three hours to stabilise your blood sugar levels and keep fat gain at bay. Snacking is also important, so keep healthy snacks like raw nuts and fresh fruit on hand to nibble on when you need a boost. A good suggestion is three meals and two snacks per day, but this will differ based on your dietary needs.

Stop counting kilojoules

Calculating the kilojoule in every meal is painstaking, time consuming, and, well, just not very fun. It’s also a sure-fire way for you to make unhealthy choices, especially if you opt for kilojoule-restricting meals and snacks (which are often just full of artificial sugar and nutrients). Instead of counting kilojoules, ensure you eat a balanced diet filled with complex carbs, good fats and protein with lots of veggies and fruit.

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