In this day and age it is not only difficult to stick to a wholesome and healthy diet, it is also extremely difficult to consume the right portion size. This is mainly due to the fact that serving sizes have vastly increased in size recently; this is especially relevant in takeaway venues and also in restaurants.
A few tips on sticking to a diet when dining out include choosing a starter instead of an entrée, or alternatively you could share a dish with a friend, and anything super sized should be completely out of bounds.
At home of course it is easier to stick to a healthy diet, not only can you invest in a variety of fresh ingredients, you can also use smaller plates. However, serving sizes should be thought of in realistic terms and when starting any new diet regime or healthy eating plan, you should start small.
Visual cues are available and can help to achieve the correct portion sizes. For example your serving of meat, fish or chicken should always only be the size of a deck of cards. You should try to only have one slice of bread and if you must have a dressing then try and make it yourself instead of opting for a shop bought salad dressing. These often contain high levels of both sugar and salt, which in turn defeats the object of introducing a healthy salad into your daily diet.
Another tip is to not just regard what you eat but also how you eat it. Healthy eating isn’t just about the food you choose to eat but also about your mental take on that food.
You should never rush meals, it is important to sit down and slowly enjoy a wholesome meal as opposed to grabbing something on the go. In
order to take part in a healthy diet you should regard food as a much-needed nourishment that is full of nutrients, rather than something to keep you going in between meetings or on the way to the school run.
This is where many of us get sucked into the world of unhealthy snacks such as crisps, salted nuts, sweets and fizzy drinks as all are easily available and most are sold in every store.
However your meals should include the right vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. A balanced diet is very important to ensure that you stay fit and can fight off infection.