Easy – healthy eating? Anything but! Every time you open a journal, you find another story. One says: “Bananas give great energy, eat one every day!” The next one warns: “Bananas are high-sugar foods, don’t eat them!” And a third one claims: “Eating bananas after 6 p.m. makes you fat.” What’s the truth?
I always wonder how to eat everything in one day how the crowd of experts recommends, and whom to believe when one praises and the next one bans the same food, leaving me in terrible confusion.
Finally, I came to the conclusion that it’s best not to pay too much attention to all this. And I soon discovered how easy healthy eating is. There’s no need to follow complicated calculations to set up your daily menu. Simply:
- eat the right foods
- vary what you eat
- drink healthy
- eat regularly
- listen to your body
Eat the right foods
Eat mainly vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains and whole grain products. Dairy products, meat, fish and eggs are healthy but contain saturated fat. Eat moderate amounts only, choose lean meat and maybe even low-fat dairy products.
Add as little sugar and fat as possible to your foods. When choosing fat, eat healthy fats rather, there are enough of them. Keep sugary and fatty foods for occasional treats.
If that’s your main diet, a little treat every now and then won’t harm you.
Vary what you eat
This is a very easy healthy eating strategy, and the best way to ensure that you get all nutrients you need: Simply have a wide variety of all healthy food groups.
Don’t eat the same five vegetables all the time! Rather have many different ones over the course of the week. A great way of doing this is to combine several veggie types in one meal. The same goes for the other food groups: Make a fruit salad, or example, or mix different legumes in a soup or stew.
Avoid beverages with sugar, colorants, flavour enhancers and preservatives. Water is best, but there are also many low-calorie beverages. When buying fruit juice, choose one that is labeled “100% fruit juice” and make sure it contains no additives. Or make your own fruit juice at home. Smoothies with low-fat milk and fresh fruit are also a great option.
Another easy healthy eating trick: Have regular mealtimes. This ensures that you will never be too hungry and always have enough fuel for your body. It also prevents you from overeating or eating unhealthy foods when you get “severe hunger attacks”.
Definitely have breakfast, lunch and supper, and a snack in between. Maybe you also do better with six smaller meals instead of three big ones.
Listen to your body
Trust yourself! Your body knows best what it needs, and it tells you. I’m a lazy fruit eater, but when I was pregnant I was eating fruit all the time because my body was screaming for it. If you strongly feel like having any specific healthy food, then it’s likely to contain something you need now.