7 Easy Ways To Start Eating Healthier
A healthy diet does not have to be complicated, keep it simple and take it step by step. Follow these 7 steps for guaranteed success. You don’t need to implement them all at once.
1. Eat your veggies
Give vegetables a main role on your plate. Accompany each portion of protein with a portion of delicious vegetables. Eat at least 250g of vegetables per day and feel the difference.
It’s recommended to eat 2-3 cups of veggies per day. Which means you might have a lot of catching up to do but it's easy with our healthy meal plans.
2. Eat healthy fats
Good fats lower your cholesterol level. So how can you include them in your diet? For example, eat a small handful of unsalted nuts per day, put fish on the menu every week and eat avocado more often.
Oily fish are an excellent choice for a healthy heart. They contain unsaturated fats that are good for cholesterol levels. For a good balance, it is recommended to eat a fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring or sardines once a week. These fish are an excellent choice for lunches or light bites. Smoked salmon is a perfect breakfast option.
3. Stay hydrated
An adult needs 1.5-2 litres of fluids every day, and the best thirst quencher is of course water. The good news: you can always keep it interesting. We have some fruit infused water recipes on the Afrifitness app.
We lose fluid all day long in different kinds of ways. Therefore, it needs to be supplemented. In addition, drinking 2 litres of water per day helps, among other things, controlling the body temperature, transporting nutrients through the body and participating in many chemical reactions.
4. Eat home-cooked meals
For a healthier diet, you can consciously, prepare your meals. It doesn't need to be complicated. For tips on prepping meals that are healthy, check out how healthy meal plans.
When you cook yourself, you know exactly what is on your plate. As much as possible choose unprocessed, natural single ingredient foods. Add spices and fresh herbs to your dishes for more flavour.
5. Introduce non-meat days
Eating meat-free for one day a week will have positive effects on yourself and the environment. Fortunately, there are many tasty ways to replace meat. Our vegan and vegetarian meal plans include over 50 recipes that are tasty and easy to make.
Overeating red and processed meat can result in health risks. Processed meat is meat that has been salted or smoked, or has gone through a different process to achieve a specific flavour or shelf life.
6. Re-invent breakfast and lunch
Eat smart. Swap the toast and sandwiches for more varied meals. By keeping variety in your diet, you get a bigger selection of nutrients. You’ll also never get bored.
Get more vegetables in your diet by opting for a salad. Prepare extra green beans, broccoli or zucchini in the evening. The next day add some lettuce or raw vegetables, some legumes and nuts and you have a salad ready in no time.
7. Avoid hidden ingredients
Many products contain more sugar and salt than you think. Even products that you would not expect.
Cutting down is merely a matter of getting used to less sugar and salt. If you start eating less salty foods for a while and skip the sugar in your coffee, you will be surprised how quickly your taste buds get used to it. You can, therefore, train your taste buds, which will take a few weeks until they have adjusted.