We know the story: we joke that we do a food rebalancing when we add a lettuce leaf next to our pasta dish. But more than a joke, it reveals a reality: changing your eating habits towards a healthier lifestyle in the long run, well it’s not easy.
Dietary rebalancing, okay. But how do we do it?
How do you change your diet? How do you eat healthy? How do you integrate new eating habits into your daily life? And how can we manage to change our diet in a sustainable way? We answer all these questions and explain the basics of a successful dietary rebalancing.
What is dietary rebalancing?
Technically there is no universal definition for this term. But theoretically, it is an active change in eating habits. This process begins at the time of shopping and ends on the plate. At first glance, these changes may seem unpleasant, but in reality, it’s simpler than we think and above all, it’s worth it in the long run.
What are the effects?
We all know this person who has H-24 energy. She gets up early to go jogging before going to work, she is always motivated, never tired or stressed. Her secret? Certainly not her coffee, but her diet.
Fresh, healthy food forms the very basis of your energy. In short, it’s the source of life. Unprocessed products contain a lot of micro- and macronutrients that your body needs to distribute all the energy it can. Just imagine: you’re a car and your stomach is the fuel tank. If you put anything in the gas tank, the engine will break down and the car will stop moving. It’s the same thing with food. If you eat too much unhealthy food, you’ll be slower and more tired and you won’t be able to drive.
How can I eat healthy?
How do you classify healthy foods and “unhealthy” foods? Again, there is a general definition. From a nutritional point of view, a healthy diet is always balanced. Sufficient micro- and macronutrients will form the basis of your energy: your fuel.
Macronutrients (link to macros) are the main suppliers of energy. There are three of them: carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Micronutrients (micro) are vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The most important vitamins include B1, B6, B9, B12, C, D and E. The minerals to be retained are iron, zinc and magnesium. Macros or micro are essential for the body to carry out its vital functions.
When you put it that way, it may seem difficult for you to absorb all these nutrients from your diet. But quite the contrary.
What do I need to pay attention to?
The goal here is to develop new, healthier habits to create a balanced diet. So we’re not always talking about a diet, but about a dietary change. However, it is quite possible that such a change can lead to weight loss. It is important, however, that you do not forbid yourself to eat any food. Anything goes, in moderation. In general, you should take care to consume enough micronutrients. Don’t forget to eat vegetables and fruit every day
What are the recommended foods for a balanced diet?
- Replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones is easier than you might think. We have summarized some examples in a small table:
- Example Healthier alternative
- Soft bread Wholemeal bread
- Muesli Cereals
- Sodas Tea, lemon water
- Sweets Fruits, nuts
What is the basis for a successful feed change?
It’s a fact: humans are creatures of habit. For a lasting rebalancing, you need to replace your entrenched habits. The following tips will help you develop your new eating routine. You’ll learn the basics to succeed!
Do NOT rush
When you’re motivated, you’re bound to want to get down to work right away to do everything right. Yes, of course. But if you start too fast, you end too fast. Take your time and start cooking more and more. Learn how to use new foods without throwing your “unhealthy” products in the trash. Eat them and then only buy healthy alternatives once they are eaten. This way, you will gradually integrate new foods into your daily routine and have enough time to get used to the changes.
Create a program
Why do you want to change the power supply? Do you want to lose weight, build muscle or eat healthier in general? Clearly define your goals.
Before you shop, ask yourself what you want to eat. There’s nothing more frustrating than walking around the store with no specific goal in mind. So: plan your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) ahead of time for a week. Write yourself a shopping list so you know exactly what you need.
Never go shopping when you’re hungry.
It’s just the worst idea, all of a sudden you want to throw yourself on all the junk food that’s going by. And eventually you get home and you wonder why you bought all this stuff. Moral of the story: avoid shopping when you’re starving. That way, you’ll be able to cross the candy aisle and go straight to the vegetables without any problems.
Batch cooking helps you to eat a balanced diet
Preparing your meals in advance will ensure healthy lunches at work. And thanks to batch cooking, you can prepare delicious meals for yourself: you won’t have to cook every day. In fact, you save time by cooking several portions at once. This way you can share them throughout the week. As a result, you cook once to eat 2…3…or even 4 times!
Curiosity is the order of the day
There is nothing boring about eating a balanced and healthy diet: fruit comes in all colours and shapes. So have some fun trying new things! Not to mention the range of different spices that go far beyond salt and pepper. Be inspired by your colleagues and friends too. This way you will always bring variety to your plate. And don’t hesitate to create beautiful plates, even if you are the only one eating it, because after all, you eat with your eyes! You’ll find lots of delicious recipe ideas here.
Food rebalancing menu
Are you motivated to change your eating habits? To help you get off to a good start, here are a few recipes to help you plan a balanced menu for the next few days. Start your new diet now.
Not a fan of breakfast? With this one, we promise you’ll have a great breakfast. Protein, fibre, vitamins and above all taste! A very simple and gourmet recipe with our Hazelnut & Whey Duo Spread.