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Healthy Eating: Small ways to make big changes

By FreshSocial 21 Feb 2017

We've seen enough of the crash diets, unnecessary 3-hour gym sessions and 'acclaimed' juice cleanses...

Because by now we've all worked out that you don't need to go to extremes to simply look and feel healthy. And if you haven't, prepare to have your mind-blown!

You'd be surprised how much these little day-to-day changes can seriously impact your energy levels, complexion, and overall health - Give them a try!

  1. Embrace the frozen...
    Veggies are frozen at peak freshness, keeping them extra tasty for when you come to eat them. Plus, they stay in date much longer than buying fresh to save on waste and money! Find ways to add them into your everyday meals - a stir fry? a pasta bake? an omelette?
  2. FriYAY
    A day to make great decisions - like, choosing to do your grocery shopping and plan your meals for the weekend! It'll make you less likely to eat out, saving you both cash and calories...
  3. Cut calories without trying...
    Making easy swaps like whole milk to semi-skimmed, white bread to wholemeal, and frying to grilling will help you cut calories, fat and sugars without noticing. Sounds so easy, doesn't it?
  4. Try tonic water 
    Having tonic water as your mixer with alcohol will reduce your calorie intake and keep you hydrated while you’re drinking. Worried your drink won't have enough flavour? Just add fruit - lime anyone?
  5. Steam don't fry
    One of the healthiest ways of preparing food; steaming allows products to keep their shape, colour, taste and juices - with minimal loss of vitamins and minerals. It doesn't require oil either so leaves you with a completely healthy meal.
  6. Invest in good Tupperware
    Having nice Tupperware makes you more likely to take them places and stick to your healthy diet. Plus, durable ways to store food might just stop you going back for unnecessary seconds and instead, convince you to freeze them for later in the week.
  7. Treat yo'self
    Set aside time for treats. Cutting out things you love completely will make you more likely to quit your healthy diet and splurge instead. Or, you could find tasty, yet healthier alternatives - swap ice cream for fro yo?
  8. Always take water with you
    Carrying a bottle with you to lectures, exams and the library can help keep you hydrated and energised and away from those high-in-caffeine drinks we all hate to love. Want a bit of flavour? Add in lemon wedges, strawberries or cucumber.
  9. Watch what you eat...
    When you eat out of a bag your brain doesn’t give you a stop signal, which is why it's so easy to individually work our way through 'family' packs of Haribo. But actually looking at what you're eating next time might just stop you. So, eat sweets, crisps and chips out of a bowl.
  10. Have a break...
    20 minutes is believed to be the time it takes for your stomach to tell your brain that you're full. So, maybe wait a little while before getting that second helping...still hungry after? Go for it. But opt for the veggies first!

Taking these small steps each week will help improve your complexion, energy levels and overall nutrition. This combined with regular exercise will put you well on the way to a healthier looking and feeling you.

Enough of the crash diets and exercise binging already!

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