Are you an emotional eater? Is eating healthy impossible?

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We have all thought and said that eating healthy is impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. The tendency is that eating healthy is really hard. The truth behind it is that it is only as hard as you make it.

The first mistake people make is to label foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, we all do it and this can cause emotional eating. When you have put so much restriction on things that aren’t good for you, you aren't allowed any of the ‘bad’ food and the meaning of a healthy diet is to be perfect with no ‘bad’ foods and as a result of this we either don’t brother to start or when we have a bad day think “oh well, might as well carry on with the ‘bad’ food”. 

By suggesting that you are never going to eat a chocolate bar, a biscuit or have a take away again is completely unsustainable. They all have a place in a rounded diet.

Healthy eating is not a punishment and it doesn’t mean that you can not have fun with food any more. Don’t get sucked in to extreme messages to “avoid this and avoid that” because it is not part of a healthy diet.

Thinking like this can be dangerous as it ignores the science that even by making small changes to your diet can make a huge impact. For example even if you just raise your fruit and veg intake from zero portions a day to just two a day you get shed loads of benefits.

When we start to over complicate heathy eating, we get confused and avoid perfectly healthy foods. My advice is to stop putting foods up against each other, and start thing about the 80/20 rule. 80% good food 20% what every you like.

It really is that easy

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