Eating healthily is important. Even if you are happy with your weight and the shape of your body, eating healthy isn’t just about how you look. Yes, it will help you to maintain a healthy weight, or lose a few lbs if you would like to. But, healthy eating does a lot more than that.
Eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients keeps your body working well. It looks after your blood pressure and keeps your skin clear. A healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of developing a whole host of conditions, including; heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Eating well aids your digestive system, and can even improve your mental health. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your overall health and well-being, and it’s no surprise that nations with healthy diets tend to have higher life expectancies.
But it’s not always easy. We’re surrounded by sweet treats, fatty food, and unhealthy snacks everywhere we go. It’s easier to reach for a fatty bag of chips than it is to find a health food store, and sometimes, we just really, really, want to indulge.
The good news is, there’s nothing wrong with this. Eating healthily doesn’t mean that you can’t have pudding. In fact, treating yourself to desserts and puddings like this impossible coconut pie recipe means that you are more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan, be happier, and enjoy healthier foods. It’s often when you deny yourself the things that you love completely, that you end up falling off the healthy eating wagon and undoing all of your hard work. Below is a look at some ways that you can fit desserts into a healthy lifestyle.
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Stock Up On Healthy Options
Eating a big fatty pudding filled with sugar every now and then is fine. It’s a treat that we all deserve. But, it should be a treat, not just what you eat after dinner every night. Save these treats for special occasions, and stock up on healthy sweets like fruit and low-fat yogurts and puddings the rest of the time.
Make them Yourself
When you do want that big pudding, try to make it yourself. When you make your own cake or pie, you know exactly what’s gone into it. The ready-made options are often much worse for you.
Remember the Importance of Treats
Sometimes it’s not fitting the treats into your diet that’s the problem. It’s giving yourself permission to do so. Remind yourself of the importance of letting yourself have nice things, and the relatively small impact the odd treat will have on a healthy and balanced diet. You only live once, after all, and life is pretty short.
Fall in Love with Fruit
Fruit is nice! It tastes great; it’s sweet and refreshing, and unbelievably good for you. If you don’t love fruit, try different options. Give more tropical fruits a go, or mix a fruit salad.
If you struggle to eat ice cream without finishing the whole tub (we’ve all been there!), stop buying big tubs. Buy single-serve pots of your favorites, and then you can’t overeat when you do indulge.