Making healthy eating a habit

We are all told to eat healthier but with so many do’s and don’ts out there it is difficult to know where to start. Additionally making drastic changes may leave us with countless cravings for fast foods, chocolate and sugary drinks. To combat this making gradual changes and turning these into habits are more likely to result in a successful transition to eating and living healthier. Here we have four ways that will easily help you to improve the food you are eating and your health, take the first step and concentrate on successfully completing this. Once you have made it a habit introduce the next step, slowly but surely you will eat healthier with little chance of a relapse or difficult cravings to battle.

Drink more water

This sounds so simple and you may think that you are drinking enough but there are still many of us who simply aren’t drinking the recommended 8 glasses per day. In order to make this a habit switch your lunchtime fizzy drink to water and always carry a bottle of water with you, the easier it is available the more chance you have of drinking it. Lemon and water every morning comes with an array of detox benefits, improving your overall health and hydrating.

Eat more fish

Switch one of your red meat meals with a healthy fish based meal. There are many health benefits to be had from eating fish, especially the oily variety which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. Salmon is an example of an oily fish, consuming a portion of salmon twice a week can improve  your cardiovascular health and prevent age related mental degeneration. One of the most common reasons for not eating fish more often is purely not knowing what to cook with it, with many thinking it’s more complex than an easy Bolognese. This typically isn’t the case and you can find lots of easy to follow salmon recipes available. After switching one meal each week you will find it easier to then introduce more fish into your diet.

Less chocolate and sweets

If you have got into the habit of eating chocolates in the evening or after every meal slowly phase out this habit. First look at how often you are eating sweet treats then remove one of those, replacing with fruit, nuts or other healthier alternatives. Once you get over the initial addiction and reduce your consumption it will be easier to cut chocolate and other processed sugar foods out completely.

Increase your vegetable intake

Regardless of what you are having for dinner always aim to add an extra portion of vegetables or a salad to the side, this won’t take much more effort if you are already cooking your meal. As well as the increase in vitamins and minerals which you will be consuming the vegetables are likely to help fill you up, preventing you from becoming hungry soon after and snacking further. Another easy way of increasing your vegetable intake is to switch your mid morning snack to a healthier option such as carrot and a humus dip.