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  • Writer's pictureJane Webber Nutrition

Stop calling it a diet!


The word “diet” has now become associate with going on a restrictive diet for weight loss or medical reasons. This isn’t the case as the word means the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.

As soon as someone mentions they are going on a diet, my heart sinks. Often, they speak about cutting out foods, swapping full fat for low fat, or meal replacement drinks.

For me we should stop going on “diets” and look at “healthy eating” as this is more sustainable for the long term.

So, what can you do to eat healthier?

One of the most important things to do when you are trying to get in shape is looking at what you eat now, how busy your lifestyle is and how committed you are to losing weight.

Any change in what you eat shouldn’t take loads of time and you will feel much healthier when you eat the right foods in the right quantity.

If you are busy, then planning is key to having a healthy diet. It’s no good going to the supermarket with no idea of what you are going to cook or without a shopping list.

Are you committed to losing weight and having a healthier lifestyle? Think about it being on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 = not that motivated and 10 = raring to go and committed. If you aren’t ready to make lifestyle changes then you will fail.

One of the most important parts of changing your diet is to cut down on processed foods. This will include sweets, cakes, biscuits, crisps, full fat fizzy drinks, ready meals and take away. Processed foods are often high in Fat, Sugar and Salt so therefore higher in calories than foods that are not processed.

You can substitute fruits and vegetable for high calories snacks instead. Instead of fizzy drinks, you can drink water or dilute juice with water for flavor. You will find this makes a huge difference in your sugar and fat intake.

Increasing your fibre is a great way to cleanse your system and as a nation we don’t eat enough fibre. This means that instead of eating refined or processed foods, you should eat whole grain foods like brown rice and whole wheat bread, often known as complex carbs.

You should also increase your input of protein, fruits, and vegetables. These are full of great minerals and vitamins. Look at eating more fish and chicken. These meats have less calories and fat and still provide more protein. Plus look at proteins in other foods such as animal protein alternatives.

You will feel healthier and have more energy when you change your eating habits. At first you may feel a little different with the extra fiber and complete change in food, but this will soon pass and your body will work better and more efficiently. You will have more energy and feel like an entirely new, better person.

Keeping fit does not just depend on exercises, diet also plays an important part in improving your body. Remember that looking after your health and staying fit is an investment in yourself and something you should not neglect, or you will find that you will regret poor health habits later.

Healthy eating habits is one part of staying fit that shouldn’t take up too much time and you will reap the benefits throughout your life once you get into good eating habits. With these few points you can make huge strides towards staying fit and healthy and being able to do the things you want to do.

My Habits that Help Healthy Eating Plan takes 10 Habits over 7 Days to give you the basics of healthy eating habits. If you are interested in having healthy eating habits, then head on over to my Habits that Help page and registered your interest and to get more information.


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