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Need a little help?

There are a thousand reasons why forming or maintaining a healthy diet can seem like too high a mountain to climb. Changing eating patterns is always going to be difficult, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

What can I do now?

  • Try and eat everything in moderation.
  • Don’t start limiting your food intake.
  • Avoid fad diets, they never work.

 

Latest research shows that people with major depressive disorders who lived on on a Mediterranean-style diet which is rich in wholegrains, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil and nuts, found that after 12 weeks of healthy eating, one third of the participants reported a significant improvement in their mood and symptoms.

How to approach eating well?

If you want to change your eating habits, you have to have the right attitude. Here are a few tips on how to approach eating well:

  • Don’t try and completely change your eating habits right away. Make it a gradual process.
  • Start with achievable goals, such as a salad or a piece of fruit per day. Once you get comfortable with that, you can make longer-term goals like having one healthy meal per day.
  • Experiment with various healthy foods and see which you like. The world’s greatest chefs know that healthy food does not equal flavourless food.
  • Don’t skip meals or pick at food throughout the day. Try to eat three meals and one or two snacks per day.
  • Don’t cut out high-calorie or high-fat foods completely. Just lower the size and frequency of less healthy foods. You’re more likely to stick with eating well if you let yourself eat less healthy foods once in a while.

Why eat well?

We’ve all heard it before, but it’s because its true – eating well is really good for you. When you eat a well-balanced diet:

  • Your energy levels will be optimised
  • Your strength will increase
  • You will look healthier
  • Your immune system will be tougher
  • You will think more clearly and handle stress better
  • Your chances of getting diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease will decrease