HEALTHY EATING TIPS WHICH WON’T COST YOU ANYTHING BUT CALORIES
We all know how making the right choices now matters later on down the line.
That obesity is a killer and can lead to conditions such as diabetes and more besides.
However, actually trying to limit your calorie intake and have a more healthy diet all round, can seem daunting.
Particularly if you are struggling on a low budget and are not equipped with lots of cooking skills. But you don’t have to spend a lot on faddy diets or expensive ingredients, just know what to do and what not to when shopping and cooking.
- START THE DAY WITH A PROPER BREAKFAST
A proper, healthy breakfast is going to keep you filled up until midday much better than nothing will do. The chances are that you will run out of energy way before dinner time and be gorging on snacks and cookies.
When your body feels hungry it will start to crave sugar and then it will inevitably demand more sugary snacks, yet again to fill that gap. You need to avoid that trap at all costs.
A slow release of energy, such as porridge or wholemeal bread will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied for longer than a candy bar will.
Also, take care when choosing breakfast cereals, as often they contain a lot of sugar.
- THINK ABOUT THE SIZE OF YOUR PLATE
Modern portion sizes have gone epic. Plates are now much bigger than ever and so are bowls. If you can, try and find smaller sized crockery to eat off, when you are at home. It will mean you are not piling on extra food just to fill the plate.
- EAT EXTRA FRUIT AND VEG AS SNACKS
Try swapping cakes and biscuits or your usual mid morning or evening snacks, for fruit or vegetables.
A 100 gram banana has approximately 89 calories in it compared to 260 in a Mars bar. And it will be more filling.
If you want a sweet hit, grapes can fill the gap left by chocolate and candies.
We advise that eating fruit is better generally than drinking it, because it will take you longer to eat and make you feel like you have eaten something ‘proper’. Also, it should satisfy you more than drinking a glass of juice. Whilst they are nutritious, smoothies can be very high in calories.
- REMEMBER TO DRINK WATER
The recommended amount of water for an adult to drink every day is 6-8 glasses. It will make you feel alert and less tired during the day, if you keep properly hydrated.
- LIMIT YOUR SALT INTAKE
Unfortunately, even if you don’t actively add salt to your food, the food manufacturers are already doing it for you.
Salt can contribute to high blood pressure, which has a knock on effect on heart problems, so if you have high blood pressure you should watch your salt intake.
Check all processed foods, but particularly ones such as soups, sauces and meats such as bacon. Salt can also be added to cheeses, bread and even breakfast cereal.