Embracing healthy habits on a hectic schedule can be tough (not to mention daunting... #wheredoistart), but it can be done. To prove it, we’ve enlisted the help of The Detox Kitchen Founder and SL Leading Lady, Lily Simpson.
The newly published author and chef-turned-entrepreneur has helped transform the eating habits of countless Londoners (and top models) with her gourmet, healthy food delivery service and deli – and now she’s about to kick-start your own healthy lifestyle with these top five tips.
1. Don’t deprive yourself. If you start cutting out too much and not replacing it with anything substantial, you will find it hard to stick to. Replace the bad stuff by adding substance back into your diet – think pulses, nuts and seasonal vegetables, flavoured with herbs and spices.
2. Be organised. Eating healthily is so much easier when you’re prepared. It doesn’t have to consume your life but making small preparations can make a huge difference. For example, instead of grabbing a ready-made sandwich and packet of crisps to eat at your desk, fill a Tupperware with a delicious salad. One of my favourite combinations is lettuce, cashew nuts, cherry tomatoes, chicken breast and avocado, drizzled with a green pesto dressing.
3. Eat seasonally. When you’re packing your food intake full of fruit and vegetables, it’s so important to buy your produce at the peak of its season in order to get the full flavour and nutritional benefits out of it.
4. Be realistic. Cutting out your favourite things forever is an unrealistic plan. If you eat healthily 80% of the time, then it is perfectly acceptable to occasionally treat yourself to a bit of what you fancy. I’m partial to a KitKat or two at the weekend…
5. Don’t starve yourself. Eating healthily doesn’t mean you can’t snack. It is not a faddy diet, it’s a way of life. Steer clear of those crisps and biscuits, and instead opt for nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts, or fruit, such as an apple or banana. One of my favourite snacks is strawberries dipped in almond butter – yum!