Simple Ways To Switch To A Healthier Diet
Many people who have been through, or are going through, a coronavirus lockdown have put on a few pounds. Comfort eating combined with being less active is largely to blame for this. With this in mind, below, we share with you a few easy ways to change your diet, so you can start to lose some of your extra weight.
Try out some healthy recipe kits
When it comes to meal kits Australia offers plenty of choice. Consumers there can order all kinds, including many that enable you to cook a healthy meal without having to worry about shopping around for lots of ingredients. Most of the dishes take less than 30 minutes to cook.
Everything is carefully weighed out before being packaged up and sent to you. So, if you want to calorie count it is really easy to do so when you cook using meal kits. There is no need to weigh out each ingredient, calculate the total calories in your pan. Then weigh again when you dish up and perform another calculation to work out how many calories each person will be eating.
Eat outdoors more
There is something about being outdoors that makes you want to eat healthier food. For some reason, eating a salad as part of a picnic does not feel like a chore.
The food we eat outside is often simpler. We don’t tend to smother everything in high-calorie sauces. Plus, the temptation to add more butter or cream is not there in the same way that is when the fridge is located right next to where you are cooking.
As you can see here eating outside has other health benefits. For example, being outdoors has been proven to boost your mood by reducing levels of cortisol in your system.
Take a gradual approach
It is easier to make little changes than it is to make big ones. Aim to make a couple of changes each week. Start by adding things rather than taking things away. For example, instead of dishing up two portions of vegetables with a meal start putting three on the plate. Not only will you be eating more vegetables there will be less space left for unhealthy food.
Join a healthy cooking club
During the virus outbreak, virtual cooking clubs have become more popular. When you join, you commit to cooking one, or sometimes two, dishes per week. Everyone in the club cooks the same meal, usually following along via a live video feed. Provided you choose one that focuses on cooking healthy dishes you will quickly improve your diet. Committing to doing something with others makes it far more likely that you will stick to your plans to eat more healthy food.
Hopefully, this article has inspired you to stop stress baking as a way of coping with the COVID restrictions and start cooking healthier food. After all, eating better and maintaining a healthy weight is more important than ever.
Doing so will help you to maintain a strong immune system and reduce your risk of developing conditions that make you more vulnerable to the virus and other diseases.