What small changes can we make to our daily eating that will help us move towards a healthier lifestyle?
Kezia Kent, Registered Dietitian and ADSA spokesperson says:
Hydrate: Increase your daily water intake
Being well-hydrated is important for overall health. Herbs such as mint, chopped fruit and lemon slices can all be used to make water more interesting. Remember that store-bought flavoured waters often have added sugar and should therefore be avoided.
Eat regularly through the day by trying to eat every 2-3 hours
Eating healthy snacks between main meals helps to maintain a healthy metabolism and can help to control portions at main meals. Your first meal or snack of the day should be within 90 minutes after waking up. Never skip meals.
Only eat until you feel satisfied
If you begin to feel uncomfortable or too full, then you’ve already eaten too much. If you still feel hungry after a meal, have some fresh vegetables with fat-free salad dressing.
Avoid eating while doing something else
Eating while driving, watching TV, being on an electronic device or working prevents most people from actually realising what and how much they are putting into their bodies. Focusing on your food enables you to be aware of what your body wants and needs. Many also find they enjoy their food more and are more satisfied with what they have eaten.
Be active every day
It can be a considerable boost to your overall health to prioritize daily physical activity. Even a short walk is better than nothing.