Eating healthy seems hard. It’s inconvenient, it’s time-consuming and often complicated. You have to cook and harvest your own ingredients but also burden yourself with the task of analysing the nutritional value in everything you eat. Ordering fast-food or takeaway just seems like the easiest option. Well, it doesn’t have to be.
Being healthy doesn’t have to involve guzzling down disgusting protein shakes, munching away on kale every day and bragging about your detox on Instagram. It just means treating your body with the respect it deserves without having to take extreme measures such as fasting, practicing wacky food diets, or ingesting pills.
In fact, by choosing to improve your lifestyle and eating healthy, well-balanced meals, you are doing yourself a huge favour. You’ll receive benefits such as improved brain activity, good sleep quality, you’ll have more energy, a glowing complexion and also you’ll be in a much better mood.
Here are some tips on how to implement good food into your daily routine:
- Plan your meals. Yes, there’s a bit of thinking required. But side note- it’s also a great money saving tip! Research simple recipes online for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between (morning and afternoon tea) and jot down the easier ones first so you can work your way up from beginner level recipes to intermediate. Use a diary or a calendar and track your daily intake.
Aim for 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
- Grocery shopping. Filter through the aisles by avoiding the artificially processed stuff. Find fresh ingredients that can be used together in the same week and include something different weekly to explore your taste buds (the key is to be open-minded)! Be sure to include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds, dairy products and refined grains in your shopping cart. Enjoy your delicious green haul!
- Cooking. Cooking your own nutritious meal could improve your culinary skills as well as earning yourself a Masterchef title amongst your friends and family. Avoid using too much salt and trade in regular oil for olive oil. Additionally, you will get a lot more out of your bags of groceries than you would with containers of takeaway (more food for you) and quite honestly, nothing beats a home-cooked meal.
- Stick to the plan. Believe in yourself and stay committed. Try your best to discipline yourself from having unhealthy withdrawals. Eating healthy should never be treated as a punishment but as a natural part of your diet.
The solution does seem very obvious, but it’s rewarding and you’ll definitely feel lighter and fresher. There are no secrets, magical potions or shortcuts to it. Clean eating isn’t just a fantasy or a concept created by dieticians or something that only athletes or celebrities do. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll love treating yourself to a healthy diet, give it a go!
To kickstart your new clean eating lifestyle, try this Roast Pumpkin Salad recipe:
– 1 (Butternut or Japanese) pumpkin, chopped into large dices or chunk pieces
– 100g of spinach leaves, or any green leaves of your choice
– 200g of traditional Greek feta cheese
– 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
– olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)
1. Heat olive oil in frying pan over low-medium heat.
2. Add chopped pumpkin chunks and stir until pumpkin starts to brown and texture softens. You may add a pinch or a teaspoon of salt during this process according to taste.
3. In a serving bowl, combine cubes of Greek feta cheese onto a bed of spinach leaves.
4. Remove pumpkin pieces from pan and add to serving bowl and combine.
5. Lightly drizzle olive oil and lemon juice sparingly over salad for dressing and gently mix together.
– 3-4 people or one very hungry person, enjoy!