As some of you know, I’m back at school studying to become a holistic wellness coach. Nutrition is a major part of it, and I just handed in my first assignment – yay! To celebrate, I wanted to share a few tips for making better food choices.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you what to eat less of. I think you know. And I know from experience that the more you try NOT to eat certain things, the more you’ll want them. So here are some tips on how and what to eat more of. They have made a difference for me and I hope they will do the same for you.
Eat more fresh and home-cooked food
Stick to the outside aisles in the supermarket and buy fresh produce over products. Don’t even go down the aisle with the cookies and chips. This is not only healthier but also cheaper!
Try these ideas
- Swap breakfast cereal for overnight oats, chia pudding or eggs. Try these 2-ingredient pancakes!
- Swap sweets like lollies, cookies and chocolate for fresh fruit
- Try your hand at some healthy dessert recipes like these easy sauteed apples
- Swap soft drinks & juices for water
Eat more veggies
We all know that we need to eat more vegetables. Even better if you can eat a large variety of different ones. Eat the rainbow!
Try these ideas
- Make smoothies – especially great for anyone who ‘doesn’t like vegetables’. Use fruit for sweetness and you won’t even taste the greens.
- Try and snack on celery and carrot sticks with hummus instead of sugary snacks
- Try a new vegetable you haven’t eaten before – it’s fun to find and try new recipes!
- Try and have your bolognaise on greens instead of pasta
- Make your meals colourful! When you make a salad, add something green, something red and something yellow or orange. To give you a few examples:
- Green: lettuce, spinach or kale
- Red: red cabbage, tomatoes or berries
- Orange/Yellow: carrots, pumpkin or yellow capsicum
Eat more (good) fat
‘Low-fat’ products are usually high in sugar, and contrary to common belief fat is actually good for us. We need it to absorb vitamins, and it’s even going to help you lose weight! When it comes to choosing products, the full fat variety will almost always be better for you.
Try these ideas
- Swap margarine for butter (bonus points if from grass-fed cows)
- Swap vegetable oils like canola, sunflower or rice bran for extra virgin olive oil
- Swap sugary spreads like jam for nut butter (yes, peanut butter counts! I personally love this coconut butter 😍)
- I probably don’t have to tell you this but: Eat more avocado!
BONUS TIP: Start reading labels
Become aware of the ingredients in the foods you eat. You may start asking yourself “what the hell is emulsifier E322? Or butylated hydroxytoluene?” Don’t panic but know that ingredient lists you actually understand are always best. Homemade is even better.
If you’re interested to learn more, I recommend Michael Pollan’s Cooked series on Netflix. I love how timeless it is, and how it explores the history of food without pushing any specific diet. He tackles different forms of cooking in chronological order, categorised by the elements. Fire = Barbecue, Water = Cooking, Air = Baking, Earth = Fermentation. Check it out! I promise there won’t be an argument to go vegan or paleo 😉