Eloise Howard is a qualified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer who runs her own health consulting business called Eat Well Move Well Live Well.
In the following guest post, Eloise gives her tips on choosing healthier options:
With so many products out there on the market, promising and claiming multitudes of health benefits, we can so often get lost in what is really good for us. Is it the low fat versions, or the full fat, are artificial sweeteners really that bad for us and does low sugar mean high fat and vice versa?
There are many actions we can take to improve our eating habits for weight loss and healthier living, here are my top tips…
Lose the booze
Alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water with a dash of lemon. This reduces your calorie intake and also doesn’t affect your eating decisions to snack!
Love your grains
Replace white grains, for example rice, pasta and bread, with wholegrain varieties for increased nutrient content and fibre.
Always choose lean
Always choose lean cuts of meat (especially red meat) and avoid processed meats such as salami and bacon. These types of meat contain much higher levels of fat.
When choosing snacks, think unprocessed and as close to their natural state as possible. For example, raw and unsalted nuts, plain popcorn and veggie sticks with home-made dips such as hommus. These food choices contain less sugar, salt and fats making them much better for your health and your waistline.
Back to nature
Try and make foods from scratch as often as possible – this means that you are avoiding hidden ‘extras’ such as sugars, fats and additives.It is important to understand how to sweeten your food naturally to avoid refined sugars in particular as they can lead to weight gain as well as some heart conditions. Get some organic ingredients from brands like Clearspring and make yourself a healthy meal.
Low fat dairy
Try and choose low fat varieties of dairy products such as milk and cheese. This will decrease your intake of fats within your diet.
Are you a smart eater?