A lot of people keep telling me they really want to make a change and start eating healthier, but don’t know where to start. My first piece of advice would be to be aware that it probably won’t happen overnight. The process is going to take some time, and that’s for the best: it is better to make changes progressively than revolutionizing your eating habits, feeling overwhelmed and quit altogether!
So here are my top tips to help you start towards the right direction:
- Eat more fruit and vegetables : try and increase your fruit and vegetable portions and reduce your dairy and meat intake. Fruit and veg are indeed rich in beneficial nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fibre) and don’t have any cholesterol or saturated fats. They are satisfying and nutritious as they provide your body with all kinds of substances to help it work.
- Buy organic : by eating organic, you are less likely to ingest pesticides and other harmful substances, and you are more likely to ingest plenty of phytonutrients. In fact, organic crops are more capable of synthesizing these beneficial phytonutrients to respond to their environment, compared to non-organic corps. My tip: buy organic and seasonal, it will be way cheaper!
- Familiarise yourself with foods that you are not used to: legumes (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans…), nuts (almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, cashews…), seeds (pumkin, sunflower, sesame, chia, flax…) and wholegrains. These are rich in nutrients and fibre that are very useful to the body and that will enable you to vary your meals.
- Choose quality condiments : go for organic, cold-pressed olive oil, grey sea salt and apple cider vinegar, start squeezing lemons on your food and cooking with garlic, onions and ginger. It will make all the difference!
- Eat 3 meals a day : fasting between each meal is essential for the body so that it has time to digest, absorb, detoxify, excrete and rest. Snacking throughout the day prevents it from performing all these important functions. So go for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Keep hydrated : try and reduce alcool and fizzy/energy/sugary drinks that only give us the illusion of hydration, and drink more water – the only drink your body actually needs!
I hope those tips will help you get started. If you would like to get further help, feel free to contact me to schedule your first free coaching session with me.