There are so many great tips out there on how to stay on track to a healthier you. At Yo Life we are all about organisation, dedication and commitment to getting results. Here’s our Top 10 tips to help you stay on track to eating healthy meals and snacks.
1. Plan your meals a week in advance. Every Saturday write out your meals for the following week. Purchase those ingredients and either meal prep or have them ready to go. There are loads of amazing books in the market these days with healthy meal plans to give you some incentive
2. Prepare your snacks – chop some veggies or fruit in containers and store in the fridge. From protein shakes to bliss balls there are so many varieties of great snacks to choose. There are a huge range of healthy snack options or protein bar options available.
3. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day. Tip – make sure you drink 1 litre before midday.
4. Go through your cupboard and throw out all the foods that tempt you on a daily basis that you know aren’t nutritionally great for you. Resist the temptation. Replace them with foods that are nutritious. E.g.: replace cereal with muesli or chia pudding, replace a chocolate bar for a protein bar or bliss balls, replace that extra cup of coffee for a herbal tea or latte mix, replace that milkshake for a protein shake or smoothie.
5. Start the day with a nutritious breakfast. There are lots of amazing granola’s and muesli to choose from that are full of fibre, no refined sugars or are gluten free.
6. Use the 80/20 rule. Commit 80% of the week to eating healthy meals that give your body the right nutrients to fuel it correctly so you perform physically and mentally at your best.
7. Be mindful. We’ve all heard this before, but when it comes to food and our bodies, we need to really think about what has made us feel great, provide us with energy and keep us feeling satiated. What are your hungriest times of the day? Getting in touch with these will help you to stay on track and choose the best foods for you.
8. Understand why you want to stay committed. Is it to have more energy, lower your cholesterol, fit into your clothes better or simply cut out foods that aren’t making you feel your best.
9. This is one of my all-time favourites – Start small, baby steps. You may want to make a lot of changes but l insist you start with one. That one could be to drink 2 litres of water a day. Once you’ve done this for 2 weeks, start another. Introducing small steps will help you stick to your plan. You can’t build Rome in a day so why try.
10. Lastly, confront your barriers or reasons for struggling to stay committed to nutritional eating. Are you an emotional eater? Is it just behavioural or are there other reasons you have tried and not being successful? There are a number of great professionals out there that can help including nutritionists, dietitians and psychologists.