I know that a lot of you have trouble sticking to a healthy diet and knowing what to eat to be healthy. And I get it! Eating healthy can be tricky when you’re not sure where to start!
So, I’m going to show you what’s the best way to start eating healthy and how to actually STICK to a healthy diet.
A good way to start eating healthy is to try clean eating! Clean eating is typically eating food in its most natural state and avoiding eating overly processed foods. I try to eat as clean as I can, but I also eat
These clean eating guidelines should provide you with information you need to start eating a healthy diet (without being too extreme) and give you a few meal ideas.
BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HEALTHY EATING
WHAT FOOD SHOULD I BE EATING?
The old food pyramid has got it kind of right. With more current research though, we now
My recommendations for daily servings (Modified Food Pyramid):
HEALTHY MEAL IDEAS
Omelettewith vegetables such as spinach, mushrooms andtomato; Whole mealtoast with poached eggs and avocado; Bacon,scrambled eggs and avocado;
- Oats with low-fat milk and honey;
- Overnight oats (soak oats overnight in milk and in the morning add berries and
- Smoothie made with fruit, low fat or
dairy freemilk (almond milk is my favourite), greens and protein powder.
- Chicken and brown rice salad;
- Tuna / salmon and lentil salad;
- Whole meal wrap with chicken or turkey, avocado and salad;
- Toasted sandwich made with whole meal bread, chicken or turkey, avocado and salad;
- Brown rice sushi; and
- Egg sandwich made with whole meal bread.
- Chicken or beef stir fry with quinoa or brown rice;
- Roast (chicken, beef, lamb, etc) with roast vegetables (go easy on the white potato);
- Salmon with salad or vegetables;
- Homemade curries and soups (pumpkin and curried cauliflower are my favourites);
- Zucchini pasta with homemade turkey meat balls and pesto;
- Cauliflower crust pizza
- Chicken crumbed in LSA (linseed, sunflower seeds, almond meal) and roast vegetables.
- Carrot sticks and healthy dip such as hummus, spinach, avocado;
- Whole fruit (not dried);
- Raw, unsalted nuts;
- Omelette or boiled eggs;
- Popcorn; and
- Protein shakes.
FAQ ON HEALTHY EATING
WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP ON STICKING TO A HEALTHY DIET?
If you really want to start eat healthy and actually stick to it, I would advise you to choose 10-15 healthy foods you like and make your weekly eating schedule according to that list.
If you know in advance what are you going to eat that week, it will be so much easier to make your own healthy meals and stick to your meal plan.
I love having variety in my diet and I don’t eat the same thing every day, but there are certain healthy foods that I do actually eat on most days.
Eating similar foods and sticking to a similar eating schedule helps me stay on track and it will help you too.
Here are the 10 foods that I usually eat
10 Foods I Eat Every Day
- Strawberries, blueberries or other berries (but mostly strawberries)
- Almond milk
- Chia seeds
- Protein powder
- Raw nuts
- Sweet potato
WHAT FOODS SHOULD I LIMIT?
I don’t think you should cut out any food groups completely. But there are definitely some foods you shouldn’t consume every single day.
Here are some of the those foods:
- Junk food such as chocolate, biscuits, cakes, ice cream, chips, lollies and all the regular ones;
- Other processed foods such as sugary cereals, muesli bars, bottled sauces and pretty much anything that comes in a packet;
- Deep fried food, hot chips, pizza, sausage rolls;
- Take away foods such as McDonalds;
- Fatty meat such as chorizo and sausages;
- Soft drink, energy drinks, flavoured milk, refined fruit juice; and
I also have a free 7 Day Slim Down meal plan that will help you lose weight in a healthy way. It’s gluten, dairy and processed
CAN I HAVE CHEAT DAYS?
Back when I first started eating healthy, I thought that cheat days sounded like a really great idea. Eat healthy all week and then eat bad foods on a Saturday or Sunday without feeling guilty!
However, when you start thinking of certain foods as forbidden, you tend to crave them more. That’s why I said you don’t have to cut out certain types of food completely.
If you are sticking to a balanced diet, no foods are off-limits. Instead, I recommend allowing yourself to eat treats 2-3 times per week. If you really feel like having pasta for dinner, eat it and don’t feel bad about it! You shouldn’t restrict yourself too
I like to stick to the 80:20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and then allow yourself treats 20% of the time. It has honestly been a much better approach for me, and I actually stick to healthy eating better this way, rather than having designated cheat meals.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I EAT?
Lots of people say that you should eat 5-6 small meals per day, and eat every 2-3 hours. But it actually doesn’t really matter. As long as you are eating the right type of foods and the right amount of calories, you are on track. However, I like to eat smaller regular meals as eating regularly prevents me from getting hungry and over eating. If I don’t eat for longer than this, I get so hungry that when I do eat, I often over eat.
CAN I EAT HEALTHY WHEN DINING OUT?
Just because you eat healthy, doesn’t mean you can’t go out for a meal with friends. At most cafes and restaurants, there are usually healthy options. Here are some ideas for eating out:
- Breakfast: healthy porridge, poached eggs and avocado on toast, tea or fresh juice;
- Lunch: chicken/turkey salad or wrap (limit the creamy sauce and cheese);
- Dinner: stir-fry, healthy curries (no white rice), small steak (200g), salmon or chicken with roast vegetables.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I DRINK?
Your organs and tissues are made up of 70-90% water, and even your bones are 20% water. Your body NEEDS water to function correctly! Make sure you’re drinking at least 2L of water per day (can be in the form of other drinks such as tea). Plus this may also prevent you from drinking unnecessary calories from things like soft drink.
My daily diet plan can be found here and here x
If you really want to eat healthy and change your lifestyle, it is best to have a proper plan to follow. You will be much more likely to stick to it and be consistent if you are able to follow a guide.
I have a complete nutrition and workout program that will help you eat healthy while you also train. You can find more information about my program below :)
Hello, the Dhal Curry has more than 1900 calories. You mentioned 464,5kcal. How do I know how much I can eat of which recipe to reach the nutritional information you have given? Serving amounts are not given.
Hi lovely! If you’re currently following our 7 Days Slim Legs Diet then you should divide it into 4 portions. You can keep the leftovers in the fridge. If you need more help or tips, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com
How do you deal with days on which you do end up eating more calories then you wanted to?
Rachael wrote a detailed blog post about overeating to give some tips on how to overcome it. Feel free to give it a read. I’m sure that you’ll find it very useful. :)
Are low carb low sugar protein bars ok to eat
Yes, hun. Protein bars are great for weight loss and maintaining a healthy diet. :) Feel free to try Rachael’s recipe for healthy protein bars. You can check it out using this link. :)
Hi, I understand that drinking a lot of water can help maintain a healthy weight as well as be healthy overall, but about a year ago I didn’t drink much water and my body started retaining water. So, when I try to drink a lot of water, my weight goes up really fast. What should I do? Please help.
There are possible causes for water retention, these include your diet, lifestyle, hormones, water intake, or any health issues that you might have. Rachael wrote a detailed blog post about this and she included some great tips on how to reduce water retention. Feel free to give this blog post a read if you can. :)
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When you say 1-2 servings, what is a serving? For example with the fruit, is one piece of fruit equivalent to 1 serving? :)
A serving size or portion size is the amount of a food that you eat in one sitting. A serving is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or 1 cup of milk, a plateful of rice or a handful of raisins, etc. One piece of fruit would be equivalent to one serving! :)
its so inspiring…
Thank you! :) x
This is so helpful thank you so much!
Hi! I love your blog so much!
I have been reading your post about “how to get skinny legs”.
I am a competitive swimmer and swim 5/week for 2 hours. Which burns about 800-900 calories a session. Over the summer I have lost about 13 pounds (117-lowest weight 103). During the summer i did some exsersize ( spinning and walking) but at really low calories. Since I have started swimming I am back at 110. I know it’s not fat but did I really gain like 3 pounds of muscle in 2 months science I started swimming? I used to have a thigh gap and slim legs but now my legs are becoming bigger and more bulky. I know I might be eating more because I’m excersizeing but I’m still buring lots if calories. I’ve done reaserch and swimming shouldn’t bulk you up that much and that is why I think it might be fat? I want to know what things I could incorporate in addition to my swimming to get lean legs! I have a 90% clean diet and meal prep often. During the summer I would eat around 800-1000 calories so maybe the jump to 1100-1200 made me gain? But I have around 600-700 sometimes 300-400 net calories! I currently track my food in fitness pal and have around a 3000 calorie deficit!! I need slim legs ( there possible) but I need help!
Thank you Erica! :) You are definitely severely under eating and this is why you are not getting results. A calorie deficit of 3000 is very extreme! Start to slowly increase your food intake, don’t increase too quickly because your body is not used to it. Increase it by 100-200 calories very slowly until you are only in a very slight calorie deficit (maximum 500 calories). I can’t stress how important it is not to starve yourself hun. Read my latest blog post xx