Well here we are at the start of a new year and once again many of us will be on a guilt trip about our over indulgence during the festive period. “That’s it!” we cry, “I’m going on a healthy eating regime to shed those extra pounds, detox my body from all of those BAD things I’ve been eating and drinking and enjoy the benefits of good wholesome food.”
If this sounds a little bit like you then we can help.
PinkBox Boutique is neither a health food shop or dietary specialist but what we have made sure of, is that the products in our ‘Artisan Food Hall’ are free from artificial ingredients, colourings, flavourings or preservatives so you can use them to add amazing flavours to whatever you decide to include in your diet.
We’ve also been reading up on some healthy eating tips and here are our top 10 simple ideas that we think will help you stay on the straight and narrow.
Start with Small Steps
One almost certain way to fail is to completely change what you eat straight away. Plan your healthier diet to include a lot of small manageable steps (like having a salad for lunch instead of a sandwich) rather that one drastic change. You will be amazed how quickly it becomes the norm, allowing you to move onto the next step
Moderation is the Key
Eating should be a pleasure, so don’t necessarily give up the food you enjoy – just eat smaller quantities of those you like. That way you won’t feel deprived and lose interest in your new regime. You should aim to feel satisfied at the end of a meal, not stuffed and always try to get a balance of protein, fat, fibre, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals during the day.
Fill up on Fruit & Vegetables
These are low in calories and packed with all manner of good things – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. They are great for filling you up either with or between meals and are relatively cheap so you get a lot of bang for your buck. The recommended 5 portions a day may seem a lot to begin with but with such a variety to choose from it should be easy to add them to your diet.
Don’t Eat Boring Food
How many times have you heard the phrase, ‘If I wanted to eat lettuce I’d have been born a rabbit.’ So far we’ve resisted a plug for our amazing range of sauces, chutneys, spices and preserves but these will add flavour and fun to just about any food. A judicious dab will perk up your meats, flavour your soups and stews and add the finishing touch to salads and vegetables.
Plan for Preparing Your Own Meals
Not a day goes by without the press warning us of the vast amounts of sugar, salt and other unhealthy ingredients found in prepared food and meals. When planning your healthy eating regime, don’t forget to factor in time to prepare your meals. If you have to buy a prepared meal you can undo all of the good you’ve achieved by making healthy dishes yourself.
Make Lunch a Priority
One of the great myths about healthy eating is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The problem is that many of us are not that hungry when we first get up meaning that by around noon your digestion will be at its peak and your body will be in need of some fuel. Many commentators suggest that a good healthy meal at lunchtime followed by a smaller dinner at night is a far better way of eating.
Keep Healthy Snacks to Hand
You never know when a sudden desire for a snack will take hold and an impulse purchase will probably be an unhealthy purchase. It is a really good idea to keep a stash of healthy snacks within easy reach – pots of Greek yoghurt, dried fruit, nuts or perhaps some packs of our Perthshire Scottish Oatcakes. Made with 100% pure Scottish oats and Highland spring water in a range of flavours, they’re great for snacking any time of day and we will be getting a fresh stock in when we open our new showroom – watch this space!
Always Read the Label
Food labelling has improved tremendously over the last few years so it should be quite easy to spot unhealthy ingredients. However things you will not find on a label in the PinkBox Boutique Food Hall are artificial ingredients, colourings, flavourings or preservatives as we go to great lengths to provide quality, natural products that can help any healthy eating plan.
Follow the 80/20 Rule
We came across quite a few references to this and there are two ways of looking at it. One is to eat healthy for 80% of the time and leave 20% for those little naughty treats. You can do this on a daily basis or save up your ‘sins’ for a special meal at the weekend.
The other is to stop eating when you feel 80% full. This generally means slowing down and listening to what your body is telling you. Is it saying ‘I really don’t want any more’ or ‘This food doesn’t taste that great any more’? Being in tune you’re your body is a really great way to stop overeating.
Enjoy Your Food
Your diet can have a profound effect on your mood and wellbeing since, as a general rule if you eat healthy, you will feel healthy. This sense of satisfaction can be a positive influence on reducing how much you eat as your body will start to regulate not only what it wants but how much it wants. By making your meals as appetising as possible without diminishing the health factor, you should find it easier to stick to your diet – and feel much better for it.
Drink Plenty of Water
A very common mistake is to confuse being thirsty with being hungry. This means you may have something to eat when all you really need is a drink of water. However if the thought of drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day doesn’t fill you with joy (and we would be surprised if it didn’t) then our fantastic range of Mr Fitzpartick’s vintage cordials may come to the rescue. Made from natural ingredients with no artificial additives or colourings these can be added sparingly to your daily ration to make a delicious and satisfying drink.
PinkBox Boutique is all about providing products that are ‘better’ for you, the community and the world we live in. When researching this article we came across this very useful information published on the HelpGuide.org website which gives some excellent nutritional advice. We think you may also find it helpful in your quest for a healthy diet.
If you have any healthy recipe ideas we would love to hear about them. Send them to so we can put them to the test.