Keep it simple
“People think of changing their eating habits as being all or nothing, a huge makeover; but that just becomes overwhelming,” says registered dietitian and nutritionist Libby Mills. Instead, make one little change a day (go easy on yourself: skip dessert or eat an extra helping of veggies). It’ll be more manageable and still make a big impact in the long run.
Start your day with a glass of water
Try starting your day with a glass of water before you inhale a caffeine jolt of coffee. “That dose of liquid is going to jump-start your metabolism and get things moving. It can give you a sense of revival by clearing your head and help get your bowels moving regularly,” says Mills. Place a glass of water on your bedside table before you fall asleep at night; the next morning, drain it before hopping out of bed.
Practise mindful snacking
There’s nothing wrong with snacking as long as you’re making nutritious choices that don’t add loads of extra kilojoules to your day. Instead of chips or a candy bar when your lunch starts to wear off, grab a handful of nuts. The fibre and protein will fill you up, and forget what you’ve heard about their fat content. “It’s a valuable type of fat from a healthy, plant-based source, so it’s great for controlling our blood cholesterol,” says Mills. Apples are another good choice because they contain pectin, a type of fibre that plumps up when it comes in contact with the moisture in your stomach, making you feel full.