Don’t deprive yourself of treats
“A little treat like chocolate is good for the body because if they’re habitual and you cut them out, your body goes into stress mode from deprivation and stimulates cortisol production, which then elevates blood glucose levels; the excess gets stored as fat around out middles,” says Mills. Eat a small square of at least 70 percent dark chocolate, which can have a positive impact on cholesterol levels, blood pressure and circulation, she says. You can also sprinkle unsweetened cocoa powder on your yoghurt or porridge for a chocolate-y flavour filled with flavanols, which have antioxidant and ant-inflammatory properties.
Build a decorative fruit bowl
Encourage yourself to eat healthy at home by filling a large bowl with fruit and displaying it on your kitchen benchtop or table. It doubles as a decoration and healthy snack.
Think about your unhealthy habits
Acknowledging your unhealthy eating habits can help you figure out how to make healthier ones because you’ll know what to avoid. Make a list of what you do that’s not always healthy – eating when you’re not hungry, skipping meals, eating out every day, etc. Keep them in mind and make a conscious decision to avoid those pitfalls next time mealtime rolls around.