Stay on target with healthy eating

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It can be hard to stay focused when you are trying to practice healthy eating, but a little preparation can go a long way.

These tips offer some useful advice:

Cut down on alcohol

Alcohol has a lot of calories and can lead to poor food choices. Consider taking a booze break for a few weeks to reset your drinking habits. Aim to have several alcohol-free days each week.

But do seek medical advice before quitting if you are a heavy drinker.

Have healthy snacks

Choose fruit or veg for your between-meal snacks instead of cakes or biscuits. These are low in calories and rich in essential nutrients.

Choose sugar-free drinks

Calories from sugary drinks can add up quickly. Replace fizzy drinks, fruit juice, squash, sugary tea, and flavoured lattes with sugar-free alternatives or simply water.

Don’t let setbacks stop you

If you slip up on one occasion, don’t give up altogether. Everyone has off days. You can always get back on track.

Eat mindfully

It is easy to snack out of habit or boredom, so only eat when you’re truly hungry. Aim for three healthy, balanced meals a day.

Maintain your routine on weekends

Weekends are for relaxation but try to stick to your healthy eating plan. Schedule calorie-burning activities and resist the temptation of unhealthy takeaway meals.

Plan ahead

Preparing your meals in advance can make it easier to stick to healthy choices. Packing a balanced lunch for work is a great idea.

Embrace more vegetables

Getting more vegetables into each meal will help you find a balanced diet, leaving less room for higher-calorie foods.

Measure your oil

se a spray oil or measure oil with a spoon rather than pouring it directly into the pan. You might be surprised how little oil you need.

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