Healthy Eating Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions – 7 Top Tips to help you eat “Healthy”
If eating healthier is one of your top New Year priorities, that’s great, but the old “I’m going to eat healthier this year” is often easier said than done. (That’s one reason it’s so damn hard to keep resolutions.) So if the big idea is healthier eating, you’ll have better success if you break it down into bite-sized mini-goals. And here at Beaufort House Chelsea we have lots of healthy options for our breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus.
The one-little-thing-at-a-time approach can be used for any number of New Year’s resolutions—or anytime resolutions—you make. The truth is, when you set one big giant goal, it can be hard to know where to start and easy to lose your momentum. But if you set smaller goals to reach along the way, you’re making progress and meeting mini-milestones as you go. And we all know little feels quite as good as checking something off your to-do list. Beaufort House has healthy menu options across all our menus to make things that little bit easier for you to eat healthy when out and about. Tricks, like eating vegetables with breakfast and snacking on two pieces of fruit every day, are simple ways to upgrade the eating habits you already have.
We have 7 suggestions below to get you on track for some healthy eating in 2018.
Reduce your sugar intake, little by little.
Cutting back on sugar is a gradual process and doesn’t happen overnight, but once you start to cut back on it, you’ll realise you don’t need as much of it as you once thought. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. Remove the main items like sweets and chocolate from the house, and refrain from adding sugar to hot drinks. Look out for the “hidden” sugars in cereals and other processed foods, and if you crave something sweet go for healthier natural sugar options like fruit smoothies. We have an amazing range of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies at Beaufort House Chelsea.
Add vegetables to breakfast time.
One health-protective habit is aiming to fill half of every mealtime plate or bowl with non-starchy vegetables.
For most people, that’s easier to do for lunch and dinner than for breakfast. So, think about having broccoli or spinach at breakfast time.
Our Salmon or Chicken “Healthy Breakfast” with a side of broccoli is the perfect solution.
Practice mindful eating.
Another goal is to eat more “mindfully”. We know that the last couple of months have been incredibly hectic for everyone and this often means rushing to eat your food. If you take more time to taste and appreciate everything that you put in your mouth you will often find you are full up without devouring the whole plate. Furthermore, there’s evidence to suggest that practising mindful eating may assist with portion control, weight management, and possibly even digestion, which are all important factors for long-term health. Try our Salmon Tartar – truly fabulous “brain” food. Healthy for both body and mind!
Incorporate more probiotics and prebiotics into your diet.
This is an emerging area of science that we are hearing more and more about. Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible food components that are linked to promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut. The best choices are bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, soybeans, and whole-wheat bread. Probiotics are active cultures that help change or repopulate intestinal bacteria to balance gut flora. Consuming probiotics may boost immunity and improve overall GI health and the best sources are yoghurts, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh. Having a combination of prebiotics and probiotics in our diets can be a very powerful step to improving our overall health.
Get into meal planning (and decide when you are eating in & out!)
A weekly meal plan can help you eat better, save money, and time during the week. This type of resolution is positive, no restriction doesn’t involve dieting.
Eat two pieces of fruit a day.
Even though we all know how healthy fruit is, many people don’t eat enough of it in the winter months. With oranges, clementines, pears, and apples galore it shouldn’t be so hard, and you can always get your fill of berries at The House.
Stock your cupboards with fewer sweets (which is not the same as cutting out sweets for good, by the way).
Resolving to never eat a sweet again takes a lot of effort and can create a feeling of deprivation. A more realistic resolution would be to create an environment in which you can consume fewer sweets without having to rely solely on your willpower. Research shows that when sweets are within arm’s reach or even within our sight, we are much more likely to consume them than if we have to go out to the shops to buy them. So purge those cupboards and get them stocked with sweet healthy food alternatives instead. Our Chia Pudding with Berries is absolutely delicious. Come & try it today!