Developing a Healthy Eating Plan
Making major changes to your diet can sometimes seem very overwhelming. We’ve talked about the need for us all to adopt a healthy eating plan, such as a natural plant based diet that will provide you with the right ingredients for a healthier life and help you to look and feel your very best.
But how do we go about making these big changes? To start with, it may be better to aim for a few smaller changes. And it is much more manageable to start with just one thing, rather than try to do all of them at once. And most important are the planning stages.
Here are my top tips:
- Plan your weekly meals in advance and get everything set up. Write up your shopping list and make sure you get the ingredients in your kitchen, ready for your week to start.
- Eat at certain times of the day that works in with your schedule, and not every day will be the same.
- Fill up on all the healthy ingredients well before you get really hungry (you may even suffer from hangry) and if so, you will certainly make bad food choices.
- Record everything you eat on your weekly planner, or food diary, perhaps at the end of every day.
Here is what I also include in my healthy eating plan:
- Kefir – Prebiotics and Probiotics
- Vitamins & Supplements helpful for my lifestyle
- Low G.I. foods
- Good fats
- More fibre
- Fruit, vegetable, whole grains
- Grass fed organic local meat or fish from local sources
- Green tea and Essiac tea
To help me in my weekly plan, I make a list of all the breakfasts I like, as well all the lunches, and all the dinners.
Check out my list for next week:
Breakfasts – Homemade Muesli using coarse oatmeal, barley flakes and millet flakes. Add in nuts, seeds, fruit and greek yoghurt. Porridge made with wholegrain rolled oats, honey, seeds, banana and greek yoghurt. Eggs of some sort, either poached, scramble, or boiled with avocado on sprouted wheat bread.
Lunches – Soup – there are so many varieties of soup to make. My favourites are celeriac soup, butternut squash soup, minestrone soup. In fact any type of vegetable soup is good. Salads – again there are a wide variety to choose from using whatever salad ingredients are in season. I always make my own coleslaw as well, shop bought coleslaw never tastes as good!
Dinners – Curry of any description, my favourite is normally chicken. Risotto of any description – I love a mushroom risotto! Any type of baked veg with a form of protein for added enjoyment.
Whatever you choose for your weekly meal plans, make sure it is a diet that includes fruits and vegetables. These wonderful food sources have been scientifically proven to provide numerous health benefits. And if you include some of the items on the lists above, will help to reduce your risk of several chronic diseases and keep your body healthy and lean.
Next time we will focus on supplements, vitamins and minerals to guide and support your healthy eating regime. And look at other alternative influences that will have a big impact on making your overall diet healthier and more achievable, without making huge changes in your daily habits.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Read more of my Monday blogs HERE.