Smart eating doesn't have to be complicated, here are 3 tips for a healthier you.
1. Drink more water. Sounds simple but many of us aren’t drinking enough water each day. Here are the positives that a little H2O can bring to your day;
Water aids with digestion and helps us to feel full longer. Being thirsty can often be mistaken for hunger, which results in eating more than your body requires.
Water also plays a vital role in keeping our bowels regular and decreasing your risk of constipation.
Keeping water bottle with you through the day can be a good way to keep track of your water intake. Most adults should aim to drink 2-2.5 L/day, depending on temperature and activity
2. Practice mindful eating. We so often get caught up in the daily rush of life that we forget to think about what we are putting in our mouths.
Avoid eating while on the run, as this can slow digestion and cause us to overeat.
Take the time to sit down and think about the food you are putting into your body.
By turning off distractions we become more aware of what we are eating and how much, so try turning off the phone and TV and simply if you know you're going to be busy, try planning ahead.
3. Curb those sugar cravings. Always craving that sugary treat to get you through the afternoon?
Focus on having a healthy eating routine.
Plan a healthy snack that you enjoy for your ‘danger hour’. Try yogurt with fruit, a hand full of nuts, vegetable sticks and dip or cheese with wholegrain cracker
By maintaining stable blood sugar levels through the day cravings will be minimised. Protein and carbohydrates in the right amounts are crucial to making this a maintainable change.
For more ideas and recipes head to Smart Eating Recipes run by Dietitians Association of Australia. For personalised advice please always contact an Accredited Practicing Dietitian