No time for complicated meal plans? Us neither! Registered nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed has these super-easy tips to help you overhaul your diet in 2017...
1. Add more vegetables
Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables, even though they’re full of all the things we need, such as fibre, vitamins and minerals. They can also help to make us feel full and satisfied after a meal, so try filling half your plate with a variety of vegetables or salad at mealtimes.
2. Be kind to yourself (and realistic!)
So often we set unrealistic goals and then punish ourselves for not sticking to them. Cut yourself some slack and don’t take an all-or-nothing approach to dieting and healthy eating. A little of what you fancy does you good, but setting yourself more achievable goals will make you feel even better every time you reach one of them.
3. Take your vitamin D
Government guidelines suggest that during the winter months most of us should take a supplement containing around 10mcg of vitamin D, so make sure you’re getting yours this winter.
4. Treat yourself to a new (smaller) plate
Research shows that reducing the size of the plate we use for meals can help us to eat fewer calories. So buy yourself a fancy (but slightly smaller) plate, and use it for your main meals, to help with portion control.
5. Out with the old, in with the new snacks
There are so many fantastic and nutritious snacks on the market these days, it’s easy to stock up on healthy food options. Snacks made with nuts, seeds and fruit, and greens powders that can be added to drinks, are just some of the choices you could make. Remember, you’re more likely to eat whatever you happen to have in your cupboards.