If you’ve become engrossed in the world of healthy eating – you know, looking up healthy eating plans and following nutritionists on Instagram – you’ll know that there are certain rules you’re supposed to follow to ensure that your body is happily filled with oodles of nutritious ingredients.
Unfortunately, all of us have different taste buds. And try as you might, you may never truly enjoy green smoothies/salads/anything made with quinoa.
Here are the healthy eating rules you’re allowed to break. You’re welcome.
1) Eat salads every day
If you’re forcing yourself to eat salads every day for lunch, but always feeling unsatisfied after the salad – screw the salad! You don’t need to force one down your throat every day in order to stay healthy.
The main reasons for eating salads is that it’s an easy way to get a decent hit of veggies. But there are plenty of other meals that incorporate heaps of veggies. Try to go for something that also has some protein so you actually feel full after your meal, and don’t go reaching for some
Oh, and don’t feel guilty if all your colleagues buy salads for lunch while you munch on your avocado and chicken sandwich. Some salads can contain just as many calories as a Big Mac if they’ve got dressings and cheese added.
2) Don’t eat after 9pm
Due to a seriously bad work and uni schedule, I used to eat dinner at 10pm every night – and feel super guilty about it.
Turns out that the old myth about not eating after a certain time isn’t based on anything. Studies actually suggest that calories consumed after a certain hour are not burned any differently to those consumed at a different hour. So it doesn’t matter when you eat – what matters is how much you eat through the whole day. So don’t overeat at night, when you’re tired, and you’ll be just fine.
3) Don’t touch chocolate
On the contrary, our dietitian Amy Vero says that you should feel free to eat chocolate and not deprive yourself – just make sure it’s, like everything else, in moderation. She advises to choose quality over quantity – enjoy a small amount of your favourite, top-quality chocolate and savour every bite. Oh, and if you’re worried about overindulging, make sure you buy bite-size, smaller amounts of sweets so you won’t be tempted to eat your way through an entire pantry of items once you’ve had a bad day.
4) Low-fat is the way to go
It’s only now that we are starting to develop an understanding of just how great the right fats are. Your body needs fat – it provides energy, repairs tissue and also transports various vitamins around the body. But you do need the right fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts and olive oil.