I’m a di­eti­cian and these are the healthy eat­ing “rules” I live by

HAN­LIE JOR­DAAN shares her sim­ple food strate­gies

Women's Health (South Africa) - - WEIGHT LOSS -

1. DO NOT RE­STRICT ANY SPE­CIFIC FOODS.

“This causes crav­ings and over-in­dulging on that food at a later stage. If it’s un­healthy, have less of it, i.e. rather than buy­ing a big slab of cho­co­late, buy a smaller one and it will prob­a­bly curb those crav­ings in the same way the big one would have, with­out the guilt.”

2. FRUIT AND VEG­ETA­BLES ARE KEY.

“Fruit and veg are nu­tri­tious, low in kilo­joules and very fill­ing. Although they con­tain nat­u­ral sug­ars, they also have fi­bre which will pre­vent the glu­cose spike that comes from sweets or fizzy drinks. I love to make veg­gies the main por­tion on my plate at each meal, this keeps me fuller for longer and en­sures I get all the vi­tal vi­ta­mins and min­er­als my body needs.”

3. DON’T BUY THINGS IN BULK OR ON SALE.

“Although the food seems cheap and you think you will be able to eat lit­tle bits of it at a time, take note, hav­ing large quan­ti­ties of un­healthy food in your cup­board can be very dif­fi­cult to re­sist.”

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