Healthy eating is not about staying thin, having strict diet limitations or depriving yourself from the food you love. It is all about feeling great to improve your health. We know how it is a challenge for some people to start eating healthy but it is much easier than you think. Take small steps each day to move towards a healthier you. Trust us, small changes can make a big difference to your health.
So what can you do to eat healthy? Here are some easy peasy ways for you to get started.
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We are all aware that sugar can have negative effects on our health. Regularly consuming food and drinks that are high in sugar increases the risk of weight gain and tooth decay. And while there’s always space for dessert, it’s because sugar expands your tummy – so say tak nak! Load up on water instead, don’t like the taste of water? Try adding a slice of lemon to your glass of water if you want some flavour. Drinks like soda, packaged juice, bubble tea and energy drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories, so you might want to cut on these!
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It is best to try cutting out processed food as much as possible and go with whole food instead. Whole food like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains can be swapped with your frozen pizza and sausages. They are packed with essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and healthy fats as opposed to processed food which contains things that aren’t really necessary like sugar and extra sodium. Processing takes out nutrients such as antioxidants and fibre from our food.
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This is one of the most important diet habits. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and packed with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Try to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables for every meal. They fill you up naturally and help you cut back on unhealthy foods.
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Eating regularly throughout the day keeps your metabolism running at full speed. If you skip a meal, you’ll likely feel hangry and unable to focus. Eat smaller meals more often rather than skipping meals. You can eat at least three meals a day with snacks in between. Keep healthy snacks handy to hold you over until the next meal. You are more likely to make unhealthy food choices when you wait too long to eat.
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Cooking at home makes you have more control over the ingredients and preparation methods. Make sure you prepare your meals using whole or minimally processed food. Don’t forget to also choose from a variety of different proteins like fish, meat, eggs and nuts. Here’s a tip: while you are serving the food you cook, use smaller plates to eat healthy without noticing. They make you feel full quicker so you can avoid overeating!
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