Making Healthier Food Choices, Part 1: Breakfast
Habits are hard to change. Especially when it comes to what we eat. Many of us cook and eat the same five or so meals for dinner, and eat similar things for lunch and breakfast every day. This is a double-edged sword because it means those habits are deeply ingrained, but it also means that if we can make some healthier tweaks to what we eat, the benefit of those changes will add up easily.
In this blog we look at the micro-steps you can take to slowly move from your current food choice to the ideal healthy choice.
Micro-Steps and Food Goals
What your micro steps look like will be different to the person next to you. They depend on your goals. Maybe you want to eat more vegetables, try more low GI foods to see what impact they have on your blood glucose, or reduce your saturated fat intake to help with your cholesterol levels.
Healthier Breakfast Choices
Here are some examples of better and even better food choices for breakfast. Use this for inspiration to help you make healthier food choices that are realistic, achievable and meet your goals.
Set Your Own Healthier Food Swaps
- Think about a meal or snack you’d like to change for a healthier option and write it down in the ‘current choice’ column including how much of it you eat.
- Think about what your ideal healthy choice would be and write it down in the ‘even better choice’ column.
- Now think about what the halfway step might be between those two things? Is it adding fruit? Swapping for a healthier ingredient? Or maybe even just reducing your portion size. Write that one down in the ‘better choice’ column.
Healthy Food Swap Inspiration
If you’re looking for more inspiration to make healthy food choices to better manage your diabetes, then try our Feel Good Food Swaps booklet where you'll find information and tips about how to make small, manageable healthy changes to what you eat.
Article By: Kathryn Kirchner, Dietician