1. Always eat breakfast
If you find you aren’t hungry at breakfast time try cutting down on the evening meal.
2. Combine a low GI carbohydrate and a protein source at each meal
Read more about low GI foods on these previous blog posts.
3. Choose wholegrain low GI breads and cereals
Wholegrain foods keep you fuller for longer and contain far more vitamins and minerals than white bread, pasta or rice.
4. Eat mindfully and purposefully
Chew each bite properly, really taste it and enjoy every mouthful. Read more about eating mindfully in this previous post.
5. Only eat when hungry
Do not eat just because someone else is or because it is ‘time’ to eat. Recognise when your body is hungry and eat accordingly.
6. Exercise for 30 minutes every day
There are many ways to get active that don’t involve the gym or an exercise class, so do whatever you enjoy. Go for a brisk walk, take a swim, play a sport or go to a salsa or ballroom dancing class.
7. Do 1 nice thing for yourself every day
It could be as simple as making the time to read the paper, enjoying a bubble bath or taking time to sit in your favourite peaceful spot with the phone turned off.
8. Aim for 2 fruits and 5 serves of vegetables/salad every day
The easiest way to achieve this is to make sure you have plenty of fresh fruit and veg in the house and add a colourful variety to every meal you eat. Use fruit or veg sticks as healthy snack foods alongside yoghurt or hummus.
9. Practise 3 positive body image affirmations every day
Affirmations help to shift negative perceptions or behaviours, so use them to ‘reprogram’ your psyche.
10. Carry a healthy snack with you
Don’t get caught out on the run. Keep a healthy snack with you at all times. Not sure what a healthy snack is? Read more about healthy snacking in this previous post.
By Lynda Hamilton, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist BSc, BHSc (N&D) at Hamilton Dietetics.
As dietitian in North Sydney Lynda covers Mona Vale, Kogarah, Collaroy Plateau, Dee Why, the Northern Beaches, Palm Beach, Newport, Narrabeen and Avalon.
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