All too often we are surrounded by complex diet plans, too many ‘don’ts”, and conflicting
information, but eating a healthier diet doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple approach is
essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you make your health a priority
and to keep nutrition simple.
Whole Foods: Instead of getting caught up in the latest fads or superfoods, we can concentrate on
consuming a well-rounded diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods. These include fruits,
vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. By emphasizing these essential food groups, we can ensure we're getting a wide range of nutrients without the need for complicated calculations or strict rules.
Meal Planning & Prep: Simplify your meal planning by looking for recipes that require minimal
ingredients and preparation time. Stick to a few go-to recipes that you enjoy and are easy to make.
Consider batch cooking and meal prepping on the weekends to save time and effort during the
week. This way, you can ensure that you have healthy options on-hand plus more time for self-care
and a yoga class!
Mindful Eating: Instead of obsessing over calorie counting and strict portion sizes, focus on mindful
eating and living healthfully. Use your plate as a guide, filling half your plate with non-starchy
vegetables, a quarter with whole grains or starchy foods, and one quarter with lean protein. Eat
slowly, chew thoroughly, pay attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and aim to eat
until you feel satisfied, not overly full.
Simplicity allows nutrition to become a lifestyle rather than a short-term goal. By adopting
sustainable habits, we can integrate healthy eating into our daily lives with flexibility and enjoyment
in our food choices.
Certified Yoga Instructor
Registered, Dietetic Technician