How to eat healthier without going to extremes
It is possible to go from one extreme to the other when trying to find a new, healthier way of eating. We can start off being totally oblivious to the food that we are eating and just how many calories we are consuming. “We tend to underestimate how much we eat and overestimate how much we exercise.” -Gretchen Rubin Better Than Before and before long we can find ourselves agonizing over what food to eat, counting every calorie and logging everything we consume down to our breath mints.
Finding balance in a new way of eating is not always easy. The idea of changing your whole entire diet can feel overwhelming to the best of us. Instead of changing everything all at once though, start with small steps, introducing new items into your current diet.
Think of the meals that you already like to eat and how you may be able to increase the quality and reduce the calories by swapping out a few key ingredients.
Take potato salad for example.
Dressing used on potato salad usually includes a store bought dressing specifically made for potato salad or a mayonnaise / aioli type dressing, both of which are high in kilojoules, fat and don’t offer much else in the way of nutritional value. Simply by swapping out the dressing with a home-made alternative such as Greek yoghurt ( I add garlic, lemon, coriander and seeded mustard to mine) you can reduce the kilojoule consumption compared to the traditional choices quite dramatically while still getting to make and enjoy potato salad like you used to. (If dairy is not your thing, coconut yoghurt is a great alternative to that).
(I like peas, corn, onion, apple, gherkin, coriander, boiled eggs and sauerkraut in my mix)
Small steps are usually more manageable than going to extremes and being mindful of what you are eating by making healthier choice alternatives can go a long way to help improve your eating without having to feel like you need to change and give up everything that you love to eat.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring! Start by being mindful of the healthier choices you can make.