“Eat a lot of everything, but not a lot of anything”
– Giada de Laurentiis
Two of my biggest passions in life are food and nutrition. While I can say that food, in general, was a favourite of mine growing up, nutrition definitely was not. I had a horrible diet, ate and drank junk food at every meal and ate out at fast food restaurants far too often. It wasn’t until I was in University and discovered a love of cooking that I turned my “diet” around and made a healthy lifestyle for myself. Soon after I loaded my meals with fresh vegetables and whole grains, I saw so many of my health issues diminish: no more unexplained rashes, digestive issues or exhaustion. I understand that many people can be intimidated by finding ways to eat healthy and to actually maintain that lifestyle…I know I certainly was.
Before diving into any of the recipes I may post, I want to remind you that healthy eating doesn’t have to be intimidating. You don’t have to be a nutritionist, health coach or personal trainer to know how to eat well. Additionally, you don’t need a million complicated ingredients to make a delicious, healthy meal. Just know one thing, coming to this blog is a good start! The first thing is to remember to start off simple! Here are my top 5 tips for starting (or maintaining) a healthy lifestyle:
- Moderation & Eat Smart
My first piece of advice to myself, and now to you, is to start off by eating specific foods in moderation. I started off eating the things I loved but in smaller portions. If you like having an egg sandwich in the morning, opt for 1 piece of 100% whole grain toast, 1 egg, 1 slice of cheese and a handful of spinach instead of something that is loaded with unhealthy calories and too much fat. If you like pasta, have it…just in a smaller portion, or opt for whole grain or brown rice noodles instead of the normal processed white pasta. Remember, you can live a healthy lifestyle without dieting! Eat what you love but remember to eat smart!
- Find Inspiration
All in all, if you have a favourite food you can still have it, just find alternative ways to make it healthier! That’s the glory of the Internet. If you ever need help finding new ways to adapt recipes or find new ways to eat better find blogs like this one, Pinterest, or follow healthy Instagram pages to give you inspiration. The possibilities are truly endless!
- When in doubt: Veggie it up!
Veggies, Veggies and more Veggies! My favourite thing to do is sneak in vegetables wherever I can. If you have a favourite list of vegetables, eat them! So many of us put a small portion of veggies on the side, who is to say that you can’t eat a whole plate loaded with veggies? Almost any meal can be complimented with vegetables so don’t be afraid to add them into your meals.
- Be Realistic—One meal won’t ruin you, just like one meal won’t make you healthy
If you want to go out and have a burger and fries, go out and have a burger and fries! If you want to go out for some drinks with your friends, go out! Again, just in moderation! You can find new ways to alter these drinks/meals as well. If you get a burger, get a side salad instead of fries, or even better…a lettuce burger wrap! If you want to go out for drinks, opt for something lighter – A vodka cranberry or a beer can be replaced with vodka water with lemon instead! It is important not to shame or guilt yourself for enjoying food, you only get one life after all, but it’s important to treat your body right!
I know you have probably heard this again and again, but water is so, so important! I used to drink milk and diet Pepsi like it was my day job! In second year University, I switched over to drinking almost only water and I will never go back. I felt more energized, my skin improved and I felt way more hydrated than I ever had before. My favourite combo to spice up my water is adding two slices of lemon, a few slices of cucumber and a few pieces of mint leaves. If you are feeling a little bit under the weather my favourite drink is warm lemon water with a teaspoon of all natural honey. Trust me, it works!!
I hope that my blog helps you on your healthy eating journey and that you can find some inspiration from my recipes to continue a healthy lifestyle into the future. Find your own healthy balance!
If you have any questions let me know!