The Balancing Act That Is Your Diet

Everyone has their guilty pleasure when it comes to food; it only becomes a problem when a busy schedule means most of your diet is unhealthy just for pure convenience. So here are a few pointers on how to keep your diet balanced and healthy, whilst still fitting into your demanding lifestyle.

Dietician Sharon Natoli talks about the five main food groups you need to include in your diet, in order to get all the nutrients you need to thrive. Having a combination of colourful vegetables in your diet will provide your body with essential fibre and vitamins. Starchy carbohydrates like bread, rice and pasta are good for you in moderation. Choosing wholegrain versions can add to your intake of fibre, minerals and vitamin B. Including a varied selection of fruit to your diet can also give your body fibre and vitamins. Fruit juice and dried fruit can also be yummy alternatives. Dairy foods strengthen your bones and nails through their calcium, protein, riboflavin and vitamin B12 qualities; but try to go for the lower fat options. Meat, eggs and nuts are an important addition to your diet as they provide protein, zinc, vitamin B12 and iron. She recommends having smaller, more frequent meals rather than three huge meals as it will keep you fuller for longer. This way you also have the opportunity to experiment with a bigger range of food.

A balanced diet is not just about the types of food you eat, but also about your catering your diet to something that suits your lifestyle and personal fitness goals. The first step is to educate yourself on the types of foods you should be eating, to get your body to where you want it to be. When food shopping, plan your meals in advance, so that you are equipped with the right ingredients and avoid buying tempting junk food. Instead of unhealthy snacks try and think of healthy alternatives to keep you going. To save time and money during your busy week, try and cook a lot in one go. Leftovers can be used in different dishes and packed for lunch. There are many quick and easy recipes online for healthy meals that can make clean eating just as appealing as junk food.

The eating faux pas that a lot of us are guilty of are things like; starving ourselves for hours between meals, which leads to overeating when you finally do get food, to remedy this try carrying healthy snacks out with you. Another one is eating when you are in a rush or distracted, you’ll find that if you eat slower your body will feel satisfied quicker and you won’t feel the need to binge eat as much. This means less money on food and you fit into your jeans again win, win! Most people think healthy eating means they have to cut out all unhealthy food completely, which isn’t true. Sometimes having a day a week, where you eat what you want, can really boost your motivation to keep going. Don’t forget that a balanced diet works better combined with lots of water and exercise. Change your eating habits to create a better, healthier version of the beautiful you!

To kick start balancing your diet, I have compiled a countdown of healthy snack alternatives, some clean eating blogs to inspire you further and an example of a healthy recipe you can try out for dinner:

Top 5 Healthy Snacks

  1. Edamame
  2. Air popped popcorn
  3. Baby carrots and hummus
  4. Peanuts and dried cranberries
  5. Frozen yoghurt

Top 5 Healthy Food Blogs

  1. mostlyeating.com
  2. keepinghealthygettingstylish.com
  3. celeryandcupcakes.com
  4. sproutedkitchen.com
  5. cookieandkate.com

Cheap & Easy Recipes:  Corned Beef Hash Jacket Potatoes

corned beef

 

Ingredients
• 2 ready baked jacket potatoes

• 1 teaspoon of olive oil

• 1 finely sliced leek

• 150g chunks of chestnut mushrooms

• 150g corned beef

• A handful of freshly chopped parsley

• Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method

  1. Cook the two jacket potatoes as instructed on the pack
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the leeks until they become soft, then add the mushrooms, corned beef and parsley
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked, cut them open and add the corned beef hash
  4. Dig in and enjoy!

Now that your body is looking right, with this new approach to clean eating, you need a new complimentary wardrobe. Take a look at my guide to dressing for your body type below:

https://megansaad.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/accentuating-your-perfect-imperfections/

Looking after yourself will make you healthier and happier, don’t ruin it with bad relationship choices. Throw out your checklist and free yourself for a relationship that is truly fulfilling:

https://megansaad.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/the-burden-of-high-expectations/

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