How to make healthy eating easy

Eating healthy means giving your body the right energy and nutrients to support your long- and short-term health outcomes. On your table, this looks like a range of wholesome and nutritious foods that you love and want to eat.

What does ‘diet’ mean?

When we hear the word ‘diet’ we may think of a short-term restriction on or prescription of food choices. You may hear people say, “I am going on a diet”, but regardless of our choices we always have a diet as a ‘diet’ also means the foods a person habitually eats.

When we talk about a ‘healthy diet’, we mean the habitual and sustainable selection of foods that nourish your body. A good diet is the one that you can stick to.

Make healthy options easier

Stocking your pantry and fridge with foods that you like that are in-line with your health goals makes it easier to choose to be healthy. This especially helps when you are feeling peckish between meals and would often opt for a lower nutrition snack due to ease.

Here are some healthy snack ideas:

  • Yogurt
  • Homemade popcorn
  • Carrot sticks
  • Hummus
  • Cherry tomatoes and feta
  • Peaches and tofu
  • Chia pudding with fruit
  • Guacamole with whole grain chips
  • Apple with peanut butter

Healthy swaps

Another way to sustainably improve your diet is through healthy swaps. By slowly changing your food choices you are more likely to stick with them.

Some healthy swaps include:

  • Chips and dip to veggies and dip
  • White bread to wholegrain
  • Fried meat to grilled meat
  • Potato to sweet potato
  • Sugar to honey
  • Salted nuts to unsalted nuts
  • Soft drink to mineral or sparkling water

Each person is different, and this should be reflected in their diet. If you are looking into how diet impacts your health, have a chat with your GP at Bribie MediPlus.

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