March is Nutrition Month at Alberts, a month that is all about unlocking the power of healthy food! This year, we focus on the power of frozen food, the impact of food waste and, even more so, how you can adopt healthy eating habits that stick.
This week in particular is Week of the Dietician in Belgium, a week where the positive influence of dieticians is spotlighted. They help you understand what you eat so you can make the healthiest choices for yourself.
Helping people to make healthy food choices is what Alberts is about every single day as well. That’s why we have asked dieticians, food bloggers and a sports nutritionist to share their best tips with you to create healthy eating habits that stick!
Expert tips for healthy eating habits that stick
Dietician Carolien Vreysen (On A Healthy Adventure)
My tip would be to start with small steps. Small changes can generate amazing results. For example, try to eat consciously. Stay away from distractions such as your tv or cellphone while you’re eating. Healthy eating itself takes some preparation. Make sure your fridge and pantry are always full. Take it one step further by meal planning your week. This way, you’ll only bring the groceries you need. Lastly, every time you eat you have to make a choice. So try starting your day with a healthy choice! If, during the day, you do get tempted to grab an unhealthy snack, you can choose something healthy for your next bite. One bad choice shouldn’t impact the overall results of your efforts!
Food Blogger Ellen Van Gool (Kokerellen)
I have so many tips on healthy eating (and how to make it easier than you think)! But one of my most important ones is to meal plan your week. Make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee on a Sunday afternoon and look at your calendar for the upcoming week. Start with planning your dinners. Once you get the hang of it, also start planning your breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Why?! Not only are you free of any decision-making during the week, you can also shop all your food at once (saves time!), you always have (good) food on hand (less bad snacking and buying things on the go) and you feel less inclined to go order take out. Meal prep will make sure you stay on track and makes healthy eating much more simple!
Nutritionist Lynn De Merlier (Goesting in Gezondheid)
Eating healthy is a lifestyle that you choose. Step by step, you’ll discover the positive effects on your body. The extra efforts are worth it and are feasible if you go about it smart! Start with the basic ingredients: go healthy by choosing fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Your body will rejoice when you feed it pure, unprocessed, fresh food. Eating healthy gives you energy, protects you from illness and allows you to live life to the fullest! Enjoy a glass of wine or a cappuccino on a terrace now and then, too. Yes, that’s also part of it!
Dietician Nathalie Grietens
I always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you enjoy a healthy breakfast, you can start your day with a good dose of energy and you’ll find that you won’t feel as hungry in the hours before lunch. The fundamentals of a healthy breakfast are wholegrain products. It can be wholegrain bread with a light topping, or even oatmeal which you can prepare with semi-skimmed milk. Or why not change it up with almond or rice milk? Breakfast is also the best moment to eat some fruit. Try to go for seasonal fruits. During winter, for example, these are mostly apples and pears. In the summer, you can opt for strawberries and melons.
Dietician Odile Desbeck (Health & Habits)
My life’s motto is It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. And that really is the case! Going on a diet to lose weight never works. Not in the long term anyway. The word “diet” in itself implies that it’s just a “whim”, a spur of the moment decision to take action (until you decide that it’s just too much effort). My best tip is this: it’s better to start from your daily rhythm and tackle bad habits one by one. If you can’t do that by yourself or you can’t figure out where to start, it’s best to find a coach that’s fits you. Eating healthy is not as easy as it sounds. Oh, and remember to eat a lot of veggies!
Sports Nutritionist Yasmine Reymenants (Iki Sports)
It’s important to keep up the spirit when you start doing sports or changing your eating behavior. Always remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. You won’t see the impact of your efforts right away, but gradually you will feel the changes. For long-lasting results, physical exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating habits. Persevere, and you’ll be rewarded: you’ll feel better in your skin, and more fit and energetic. Don’t let yourself be defined by a number on a scale – that’s so over! Embrace yourself and enjoy that feeling after a workout or a deliciously healthy meal. And do treat yourself to a sugary snack once in a while! Nobody is perfect and you shouldn’t be either.