Many people make the mistake of confusing ‘healthy’ food with ‘diet’ food – boring salads, minuscule portions or unappetising low-fat versions of things, which leaves you hungry and craving all the foods you’ve been told to avoid.
This is clearly unsustainable, and that’s why the secret to healthy eating, and ultimately to losing weight, lies in discovering healthy wholefoods that you love. Don’t like porridge? Fine – maybe granola is more your thing. Not a kale fan? Me neither; I prefer spinach.
It has been my mission to create easy recipes that are naturally low-calorie and macro balanced (ie, between carbs, fat and protein) – but, more importantly, also delicious. I have spoken to many fellow midlifers who desperately want to get to grips with their diet but have found it hard to balance feeding their family with their own weight-loss goals.
Don’t let this be an obstacle. Generally speaking, breakfast and lunch aren’t too difficult to navigate: porridge, avocado on toast, a healthy soup or salad are all easy to prepare. Where things can come unstuck is at dinner time, so most of the recipes I’ve devised have swaps and additions so you can accommodate your family’s likes and dislikes.
There is one important new habit you will need to develop, if you don’t do it already, and that is meal planning. Doing a plan every weekend and making a list for your weekly shop is one of the foundations of eating well. Without it, things can quickly veer off-track and you may end up resorting to convenience foods.
The Midlife Method: How to Lose Weight and Feel Great After 40 by Sam Rice (Headline Home, £14.99). Order your copy from books.telegraph.co.uk