It can be difficult to eat healthy these days. There is a lot of stress in the world, and not so much time to cook yourself a good meal. Still, we should all try to do better for our bodies. Not only can a poor diet impact us in the long term, but in the short term it can also make us achy, lethargic, and even potentially sick.
If you eat more than you need, you’ll gain weight. Eat too little, and you’ll lose weight. Achieving the best balance without losing out on nutritional value is the aim of the game here, to ensure you’re not lacking anything that is required for healthy living.
With that all in mind, here’s 5 tips to help you eat healthier.
- Eat More Fish
It’s been said over and over, but fish are incredibly good for you. With the high protein content and good vitamins, they make a wonderful option for any meal. At least twice a week a meal should feature fish, whether it be oily or non-oily.
The choice between the different kinds depends on what kind of diet you’re following. Of course, fish as a whole is healthier, but if you’re in need of the Omega-3 fats (which can help prevent heart disease) then fish like salmon, trout and mackerel should be making a visit to your plate. If you’re not a fan of fat, or don’t need it, then haddock, place and tuna make a good choice.
- Watch The Salt
We all know too much salt is bad for us, but when it comes to making our own food we can have a direct impact on how much we eat. Seasoning food so it tastes good is important, but this usually isn’t the biggest source of sodium. It’s pre-packaged foods, like soups and sauces to name two examples, that are the guilty parties at play.
Paying attention to the labels as we buy pantry stockers is important, and knowing just how much we’re eating can help us cut down. Ideally, we’d be eating no more than 6g of salt a day. Try to do your best to stick around that amount.
- Make Sure You’re Well Hydrated
This may not seem like an eating tip, but a lot of the time when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Try to drink at least two litres a day, and ideally a little more than that. When you want to snack, consider getting a drink instead. It doesn’t have to be water – anything without alcohol that is low in sugar (like milk, tea and coffee) is fine too. Lower sugar drinks are also good, as you don’t want to up that intake any more than needed.
- More Veggies And Fruit
Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s truly better for you to eat more of these natural sources of nutrition. You’ll often hear the “5 A Day” slogan, and this is a good point to go for. A glass of fruit juice, a banana over your breakfast, a dried fruit snack and two portions of veg alongside lunch and dinner is five a day. Not too hard to reach, right?
- Watch Out For Saturated Fat
Saturated fat may not be as bad for us as we used to think it was, but we shouldn’t take that as an excuse to binge out and eat way more than we need. Unsaturated fat is the better of the two, but it is unavoidable to get some saturated every now and then. The problem is, too much of it can increase your risk of heart disease. Foods like sausages, fatty meat cuts, butter, cakes and biscuits, to name a few examples, are usually the most high in these fats, so make sure to limit your intake.
There you go – 5 tips to help you eat a little healthier. It’s not a complicated list, but it’s one worth keeping in mind when you’re looking to do a bit better for yourself.