All of the following are just things that I do day-to-day that I thought perhaps people might find helpful, as sometimes friends or people at work ask me things and I think 'what you didn't know that' I guess I just read or heard or stumbled across these things and they all work for me so maybe they might help you too.
MyTop 10 Tips for Healthy Eating
- Have a snack in your handbag if you are going out and about so you don't buy junk. My preferred items are Nakd raw food bars from Holland and Barret and my favourite one is the Apple Pie favour
- Drink lots of water, not too much (over 4 litres a day might be going slightly nuts) but aim to drink 1-2 litres, just have a bottle with you and sip from it so you aren't dehydrated, this will stop you getting hungry as quickly as you would without it.
- Eat slowly and chew your food properly, it might be an old saying but it really does take your stomach a while to send the signals to your brain telling that you are full. So eat slowly and chew properly. you are just going to get bloated if you stuff your face and don't chew properly as it will take a long time to digest.
- Try and eat fruit and vegetables as snacks and have 1 vegetable or fruit juice a day. This will help add up to your 5 a day without feeling continually bombared with vegetables!
- Smoothies make you feel fuller for a lot longer if you put a scoop of low calorie protein powder in them, if it's good enough for bodybuilders without an ounce of fat on their rippling buns then it's good enough for me and you, it also means the smoothie is thick and creamy. You could get a similar effect with a banana but I can't eat them raw, i have a very bizarre reaction to them - not sure if it's an allergy or an intolerance but it certainly is embarrassing if you throw up then faint in the middle of crussh, so much so I have never been in there again!
- Try popping your own popcorn in the microwave in a brown paper bag or in a non-stick saucepan with a very close fitting lid. You can eat it plain or spray it with 1cal spray from the supermarket then use either something like splenda or some sea salt for a low calorie topping. I tried cinnamon but it tasted a bit vile so avoid that!
- If you are in desperate need of a sweet treat but are on a low fat diet then try a few marshmallows, they are usually fat free and are a good treat if you are a gym bunny as you burn off the sugar easier than the fat, if you desperately hate marshmallows try a hot chocolate from the options range, they come in sachets so you can take them to work and have yummy flavours like chocolate hazelnut and white chocolate, the toffee ones is a bit weird though.
- If you really find it difficult to stop snacking or overeating then try hypnotism, it doesn't work for everyone but I saw great results with Paul McKenna's I can make you thin CD's. I had a bit of a food/diet/exercise obsession at one point where i would think about food all day long, and this has stopped that for the most part, i still think about chocolate, but then I think that's pretty normal ;)
- If you need a hot dessert in the winter then just heat up some low calorie custard and have with some fruit, sure it's not the same as if there was a pie with this fruit and custard but it's better than nothing!
- If you are baking you can use apple sauce or Greek yoghurt to replace the oils and fats in some recipes such as in muffins, this is brilliant as you still get a lovely moist cake but without the greasy lardy calories yum yum just google.