Turn the odd healthy habit or two into your new normal. Claire Turnbull tells how small steps can be a giant leap for your health!
My most recent afternoon tea was a delicious dish of chopped vegetables, not just celery sticks and lettuce leaves, but broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes and carrots (no less!) with some cottage cheese.
As I was crunching away on my vegies, I thought, Wow, how did this become my ‘normal’? I don’t even think about it — this is just what I do every day!
I think it’s a really interesting concept; what’s normal for you? I’m passionate about helping people create a healthier normal, not with some crazy diet, but by making gradual changes. Over time, you’ll feel better, your body will work better, and you’ll be able to get the most out of each and every day.
Creating healthy new habits is a step-by-step process: Make one change at a time, and when you’ve nailed that, move on to the next. Your life is a journey — it’s all about moving towards improved health and wellbeing, so make changes you can sustain.
Here are some really healthy habits that I’ve embraced over the past few years. Just start with one of these ideas, and then build on it. Here goes…
Every few days, when you’re making dinner, prep some extra vegetables to make a vegie snack box. When my husband and I get home and open the fridge door, it’s the first thing we see — and munch on if we’re hungry! At the same time, it’s best to keep unhealthy snacks out of sight.
Seriously, get into them! Filling smoothies have revolutionised my diet and the way I feel. For a great brekkie, light meal or snack, whiz up some skim milk, low-fat yoghurt, fresh or frozen fruit and some healthy fat — try seeds, LSA mix (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds) or flaxseed oil. Peanut butter is good, too!
Try these tasty combos:
Milk, Greek-style yoghurt, banana, oats and peanut butter
Milk, vanilla yoghurt or protein powder, berries, baby spinach and LSA mix (or flaxseed oil)
If you tend to crave something sweet after dinner, curb the urge with a cuppa. Get into the habit of popping the kettle on while you clear the dishes, and make yourself a fragrant pot of herbal tea. You’ll find so many incredible varieties in specialist tea shops and health-food stores — and they’re anything but boring!
So which healthy eating habit are you going to adopt today?