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This post rounds up 9 simple ways you can change the way you and your family eat so you can start eating more healthily.
9 Ways to eat more healthily
It’s relatively easy to go on a healthy eating mission for your family and yourself.
But it’s harder to change the way you and your family eat for good.
So I’ve put together some simple healthy eating tips and hacks that can help you create healthy eating habits for you and your family.
Because once something becomes a habit it means that it has stuck with you.
So creating healthy eating habits is the best way to change the way you and your family eat forever.
Take a look at these simple tips to help you and your family eat more healthily this year.
Not all of them directly involve food!
Think about how you could start using them today to get you and your family eating more healthily.
9 healthy eating tips to help you eat more healthily
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Never do the food shopping hungry
Now you KNOW what I mean.
You might not think you do.
But you do.
If your blood sugar levels are low when you hit the supermarket you are far more likely to fill your trolley with stuff to satisfy your cravings.
I know it even happens if I’m sitting down to do an online grocery shop!
So always try and do the grocery shop on a full stomach – or at least not one that’s starving!
Add vegetables to your breakfast
No, I’m not suggesting you sprinkle carrot on your cereal!
But here’s the thing.
Breakfast is THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY.
So add some vegetables to your breakfast to make sure you start eating healthily from your first meal of the day.
Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients to keep you healthy.
Try and incorporate at least one type of vegetable into your breakfast.
Swap dessert for fruit
It’s natural to feel like eating something sweet at the end of a meal.
Of course we don’t have to.
But it is nice to round off lunch or dinnertime with a sweet treat.
So instead of reaching for sugar laden desserts, eat fruit.
You can either simply eat a piece of fruit or make a fruit salad – just don’t cover it in sugary syrup.
The best way to eat healthily is to make healthy meals from scratch in your own kitchen.
They don’t have to be complicated and they don’t have to take hours to make.
But takeaway is so yummy and so convenient….
Yes it is.
But it’s also expensive and likely to be full of the sort of unhealthy ingredients that don’t fit into your plans to eat more healthily.
So ditch those takeaways!
There are so many recipes for healthy family meals you can make in less than 30 minutes out there.
Build up a library of those to reach for instead of fast-dialling your local takeaway.
Eat less sugar
Sugar is everywhere.
Especially if you buy a lot of processed foods.
It’s even in foods you probably don’t think have any sugar in.
It is most certainly in ‘low-fat’ products to bulk them out and make them more appealing.
Quitting sugar is HARD.
Some say you need to go all out cold turkey and never let sugar past your lips again.
I say that you could be setting yourself up to fail if you do that.
Plus your kids might disown you!!
So how about cutting down?
Ditch the out and out offenders like sweets and candy.
Buy dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
Stop adding sugar to your hot drinks – and don’t start using sweeteners instead.
Buy good quality bread and check the ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain hidden sugars.
Stop using shop bought sauces, like pasta sauce, and make your own (this is a simple tomato sauce recipe that I love).
Get out of the habit of buying any processed diet products.
Go for healthy snacks like nuts and seeds over crisps (yes, there’s sugar in them if they’re flavoured).
In short, the best way to cut down on sugar is to buy whole foods and to make as many of your meals from scratch at home.
Restock your food cupboards
The best way to keep you and your family eating healthily is to only have healthy food in the house.
This is especially important when it comes to snacks.
Yes, in an ideal world we’d all eat three healthy meals per day and not snack.
But the reality is that sometimes we just want a snack.
Kids always need a snack after school.
So make sure your food cupboards are full of healthy food.
Then there’s no chance of filling up on empty calories and sugar laden junk.
Start meal planning
Modern life is hectic.
Having a meal plan for the week ahead makes it so much easier to produce a healthy meal at the end of a long day.
Taking time to sit and plan for the week ahead can keep you and your family on track eating more healthily day in day out.
Take a look at my post on how to start meal planning here: Easy meal planning.
It’s so easy to reach for sugar and comfort food when we’re feeling stressed.
So find ways to manage your stress and your family’s stress levels to avoid turning to comfort food.
Taking a warm relaxing bath with essential oils is firm favourite in our family.
Get more sleep
If you get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis you will find that your body doesn’t crave sugars and carbs to get it through the day.
Yet sleep is often something we think of as an after-thought.
There’s always one more thing to get done, always one more scroll on social media and always one more TV show to watch.
So try giving yourself the chance to get a good night’s sleep each night and see what a difference it makes to the things you want to eat.
I’ve put together a post with some simple tips on things you can do to get a better night’s sleep, which you can read here: Simple sleep tips.
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