5 Ways To Break Bad Eating Habits With A Tasty Recipe To Inspire You
Eating healthy is a crucial part of maintaining your mental and physical wellbeing, but too many people don’t take their diet seriously enough. After all, junk food is all too easy to eat, and that’s usually because it’s been highly-processed to deliver satisfying flavours – even if it doesn’t have much nutritional value and can be damaging to your gut health.
So, it’s not surprising that giving up on the habit of eating junk food can be a hard one to break. As we approach World Digestive Health Day on 29th of May, here are some tips to help revamp your diet to one that’s full of wholesome flavours and nutritious goodness.
#1 Don’t buy your guilty pleasures (too often)
Everyone enjoys a sweet treat from time-to-time, but there’s no doubt that the temptation to eat unhealthy food becomes all-the-more powerful if you know it’s sitting in a cupboard waiting to be eaten. So, the message here is simple, resist the urge to stock-up on things like chocolate, ice cream and chips, and you’ll avoid experiencing those niggling gremlins when you’re at home.
#2 Store natural treats instead
It’s important to keep sugar intake to a minimum, but some sugars are much better for your health than your typical teaspoon of refined white sugar – such as the sugars contained in all fruits and honey. If you occasionally get hungry between meals, it’s a great idea to have a bowl of fruit to choose from, or even a quality honey that you can drizzle over a serving of natural yoghurt.
#3 Portion control
Your gut doesn’t cope well with large volumes of food at any given time because it puts huge stress on your digestive system. One way to cut down your meal sizes is to simply use a smaller plate. The theory goes that if you fill your smaller plate, the placebo effect will ensure you feel you’ve eaten plenty of food. And the same goes for drinks too – you might find it takes you almost as long to drink a smaller glass of wine as it does a large glass.
#4 Avoid late night snaking
The problem with eating late at night is that you give your digestive system a lot of work to do at a time when your body is in resting mode. At the same time, most of the calories you consume won’t be burnt off while you’re enjoying a few hours of sleep. The advice here is simple; eat at regular times throughout the day to keep your digestive health and bodily rhythms in check – and don’t raid the fridge before bed!
#5 Learn to enjoy cooking
One of the biggest obstacles to a healthy diet is knowing how to cook wholesome food with real natural ingredients – and cooking can be fun and rewarding too, once you know how. To get through the week without being tempted to resort to takeaways or junk food, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with the knowledge of a few healthy ‘go-to’ recipes. Here’s one that’s full of natural ingredients and won’t take long to learn.
Veggie Bowl with Cashew Honey Mustard Dressing
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
• 1 medium sweet potato, diced
• 6 ounces extra firm tofu, drained and diced
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 cups spring greens
• 1 cup cooked quinoa
• ½ cup dried tart cherries
• 2 tablespoons shelled sunflower seeds
Cashew Honey Mustard
• ½ cup raw cashews
• 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
• 2 tablespoons quality honey
• ¼ cup water
• 1/8 teaspoon paprika
• Preheat oven to 220 degrees and arrange diced sweet potato and tofu in a baking dish or tray. Coat with coconut oil and ground cinnamon and bake for 30 minutes.
• Soak cashews in water for 15 minutes before blending in a food processor with mustard and honey until combined into a dressing. Add water and paprika and blend for final time.
• Place 1 cup of lettuce in each of the two bowls and top with quinoa, sweet potato, tofu, dried tart cherries and a tablespoon of sunflower seeds – all evenly divided between bowls. • Drizzle or dollop dressing over your finished veggie bowl.