Susie Burrell

‘your food, your body, your life’

The 5 easy ways to improve your diet right now.

Every day we are inundated with diet tips and tricks yet few if any of these are practical or sustainable. So if you do not have the time, energy or interest in following strict diets or jumping on board with the latest diet trend, here are the easiest ways you can improve your diet right now. 

1. Order some groceries online

For many of us the difference between eating well or not on a daily basis comes down to food availability. When we have healthy options on hand we eat better, control our calories and are less likely to be tempted by treats and extras on a daily basis. To save you the time and energy it takes to get to the supermarket, start ordering some snacks and meals online to be delivered straight to your home or the office. And the best bit, you can do this at any time of the day or night.

2. Drink some water

Most of us are dehydrated at any one time – we never skip our morning coffee yet we forget to carry a water bottle with us. Whenever you are feeling tired, hungry or even bored, an easy way to instantly give yourself an energy boost is to drink some chilled filtered still or sparkling water. Keeping well hydrated is the easiest thing we can do to feel better and more energised each and every day. 

3. Find some vegetables

Adults need at least 5 serves or 2-3 cups of vegetables or salad every single day yet the majority of us get nowhere near this amount. For this reason, whenever you are thinking about your diet, or what you should be eating, the best thing to focus on is bumping up your intake of veggies or salad – grab a vege juice, pick up a fresh salad or order a side of extra vegetables to significantly increase your intake of fluid, fibre and vitamins and minerals. 

4. Wait until you are really hungry to eat

Most of us do not eat because we are hungry – rather we eat because we are bored, it is a meal time or others around us are eating. This is one of the major reasons why we gain weight over time, we are used to eating when we are not really hungry. To test your own hunger, start to rate how hungry you actually are and try not to eat until your hunger is at least an 8 or 9 out of 10. You will find that when you eat meals when you are really hungry, you will actually enjoy them more and become better at responding to your body’s natural hunger and fullness signals. 

5. Focus on what you should be eating

Whenever we start a new diet or program we are constantly told what we should not be eating – don’t eat this, avoid that and naturally this programs our brains to think of these foods even more. As such when we are trying to eat well if we simply focus on the foods we can and should be eating, it will naturally program our minds to seek out healthier options. For this reason filling your mind with thoughts of fresh and healthy meals that you can buy and prepare will make eating healthier eating less impacted by unhealthy distractions.