Five Easy Ways to Start Eating Healthier This Autumn: Eating the Good Stuff and Ditching the Bad
We’ve heard it all before - eat your five a day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, eat less sugar. What else can we do to stay ahead of the game? Read on for five easy ways to start eating healthier this Autumn.
Eating the Good Stuff and Ditching the Bad
Don’t ditch the fat - fats are good for you, and there is no need to say goodbye to this food group. Choosing which fats to eat as part of a healthy diet is where people can be led down the wrong path. We need to cut down on "bad" fats that raise cholesterol levels and eat those which are essential for good health.
Good fat sources to try and include in your everyday diet:
- Nuts and Seeds
- Oils (Coconut, Olive, Sesame, Rapeseed)
Preparation is Key
Busy lifestyles can quickly lead to poor health; pastries from the lunch tray, office biscuits and other naughties can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, not to mention out of pocket. Beans and grains such as quinoa or buckwheat can be stored for days once cooked and be easily added to all manner of meals.
Preparing your meals means they can be boxed up ready to take to work, or just eat them whenever you're out and about! Freezing your meals also allows you to prepare them weeks in advance - perfect if you’re tired after work and don’t feel much like cooking. This way you can watch what you’re eating all week and save a load of money to boot.
Sugar Swaps & Refined Foods
As good as it tastes, sugar can cause us many problems, but there are sweet alternatives to sugar and other refined foods that are much healthier for us.
OK, we know you don’t want to say goodbye to this one. Luckily, some chocolates are actually good for you! Choose dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa, as dark chocolate is low in sugar and contains antioxidants that are good for the heart. Raw chocolate is better still, as it’s cooked at a lower temperature, which releases even more antioxidants.
- White rice for quinoa or brown rice
- White bread for wholemeal or seeded
- White sugar for honey
- White flour for whole wheat, buckwheat, spelt, brown rice flour - the list goes on!
These easy swaps will leave you feeling healthy and full of energy. Who doesn't want more energy?! Check the Health Hacker column for more tips on Eating Healthier This Autumn.
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