Healthier & Happier Living - Part 3 - Attitude to Food

January 11, 2014

Onto part three, in this post I want to look at not WHAT to eat, but HOW to eat better.

Keep good food, Eat good food:

A few months ago I saw the following picture on Instagram and it sums up my first point perfectly:
It's so simple yet so true.

Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked up with healthy, delicious, fresh foods and not only will you not be tempted to eat that naughty chocolate biscuit (or five) lurking at the back, but you will have plenty of great options to choose from. 

It is very easy to feel a bit 'hard done by' when on a 'diet' - this is not what I suggest you do, I am not suggesting you avoid food or reduce your intake, just change the quality of what you eat. Also, you cannot feel hard done by if you satisfy your sweet tooth with some fruit, dates or a flavoured natural yoghurt, for example.

Be prepared:

Get your meals planned out; if you know what you are cooking and when then you can make sure you have all the ingredients in the cupboard ready. The amount of times I have had good intentions but nothing good to cook and ended up reaching from something quick and easy (and processed) from the freezer or... even worse... calling the local takeaway. Not only bad for your health but also your pocket!

Buy lots of snack options, take them with you; carry some pre-packed or fresh snacks with you in your bag. If you are out and you are hungry I can tell you now - there are not very many truly healthy options to chose from, and if you do manage to find something low in salt, sugar and other nasties then you can guarantee it will cost you a small fortune! 
Stuck for health(ier) snacks, try watching my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zplvoqohFro

Think, do I REALLY want this *insert downfall food here*?

Do you really want that? Or are you bored? Do you need to have that, really? Or is it just out of habit? and so on.

I had quite a few habits to break, I was in a routine of drinking cups of sugary tea 5-6 times a day. It was so ridiculous! I would have a generous teaspoon in each one and not really think anything of it... 5-6 tsps of EXTRA sugar (on top of the rest!) every single day, imagine how much that is in a year! And I didn't think too much of it as I was drinking the calories and sugar, not eating them.

I looked at things individually and gradually, I worked my way through my bad habits slowly - after all I wanted to change my lifestyle not go on a crash diet. I reduced my number of cups gradually then eventually stopped all together and it was relatively painless.

I also love my diet Coke, some people look forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day, my thing was a big glass of cold Coke. I still miss it now to be honest but I do not miss the bad symptoms that came with it! I will have a glass every so often but probably only once a month or less. Previously I was having at least one big glass a day, every single day.

Have a look at your own diet, you will likely have a few vices that you enjoy. Which, I think, is fair enough, we all need the odd treat here and there but do you only have it when you desperately want it? Or on a daily basis out of habit?

I am not here to judge, goodness knows I am far from perfect myself! I am just offering out advice that I try to follow myself as it works well for me. 

Everything in moderation

Enjoy your healthier, yummier, more balanced diet but also enjoy a treat now and then. Don't scoff a whole family sized bar of Galaxy chocolate (purely hypothetical scenario, obviously *cough*) but enjoy a few squares of it and savour it. You will still get to enjoy the taste, the sensation (if nothing else will satisfy the craving) and the chocolatey hit but not so much of the guilt.

Another great internet quote:


And I will leave you with that for now, next stop on this healthy living tour: exercise.

Thanks for reading!


Rach xx

2 comments:

  1. I love your attitude. I am a huge believer in everything in moderation x

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    1. Thank you :-) I agree, that's the best way to enjoy life - treats in healthy moderation. Thanks for reading xx

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