To celebrate the start of the new year our LiveLighter team have put together their top tips to help kick start your way to a healthier you.
Pick your favourite tip or aim to do all five! The most important thing is to make changes that are achievable and consistent with your lifestyle – this will help you stick to them in the long term.
1. Cook up a storm
Preparing more meals at home is a great first step for anyone wanting to eat better. When you cook from scratch you have more control over what goes into your food, particularly the amount of sugar, salt and fat.
Cooking a healthy meal doesn’t have to mean slogging away for hours in the kitchen – we’ve got you covered with lots of quick and tasty recipes that are on the table in 30 minutes or less!
2. Mind how we eat
When life is busy, eating can seem like another task to get out the way and we can get into the habit of scoffing down food without a second thought. Inattentive eating can mean eating more than your body needs to feel full, potentially leading to weight gain.
To start to eat more mindfully, take your time when eating your food, noticing the delicious aromas, pleasing presentation and satisfying taste. It’s also important to tune in to your hunger and fullness signals – this will help you regulate the amount you have.
3. Break away from alcohol
Alcohol not only packs a kilojoule punch, it can also mess with your sleep patterns, leaving you feeling groggy and lethargic the next day – yuck! Swap alcoholic drinks for still or sparkling water, tea or coffee. If you’re looking for something a little more special, we’ve got some fancier (and low sugar) drink recipes over here!
When it comes to cancer risk, there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The more you drink, the higher your cancer risk. If you do drink, we recommend sticking to national guidelines and have no more than 10 standard drinks a week, and no more than 4 standard drinks on a single occasion. For more tips to reduce your drinking check out Alcohol. Think Again.
4. Ditch sugary drinks
Sugary drinks include soft drinks, sports drinks, slushies, flavoured milks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, flavoured water and store bought iced tea. These drinks are loaded with sugar, putting you at an increased risk of weight gain and dental decay.
The World Health Organization recommends sticking to less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar – how does your beverage of choice stack up?
5. Less junk, more whole foods
Filling your belly with healthy foods is not only good for your health, it’s good for your wallet too.
Our advice is to stick to the 60-30-10 rule:
• Spend 60% of your food budget on plant foods like vegetables, legumes, fruit, wholegrains and cereal foods.
• Spend 30% of your food budget on protein foods like fish, lean meat, chicken, dairy, nuts and eggs
• If you plan to buy junk foods, try to limit spending to 10% of your food budget
For more tips and tricks to help you eat well on a budget download LiveLighter’s Shop Smart booklet.
Want more? LIveLighter have loads more information on New Year’s resolutions and goal setting.