The African Diet: 5 Essential Eating Tips To Jumpstart A Healthier Lifestyle

Consciously Build a Healthy Plate

The sure way to stay on track without counting calories or feeling deprived is to make a habit of building a healthy plate at every meal. A healthy plate should contain 50% low carb vegetables (greens, mushrooms, asparagus, etc), 20% complex carbohydrate (brown rice, quinoa, beans, potatoes, etc) and 30% proteins (fish, meat, etc). This will ensure you stay on track while building long term healthy eating habits that are applicable even when eating out.

Watch What You Drink

We  tend to consume loads of excess calories from drinks, as we are more likely to pay more  attention to what we eat than what we drink. Drinks are equally as important when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Pop (soda/minerals) should be avoided. Drinks are often sugar laden and provide little to no nutritional benefit. Excessive consumption of added sugar causes more harm than weight gain alone.


Ronke Edoho is a home cook, health enthusiast and creator of the Lose It Nigerian (LIN) brand. Lose It Nigerian is a sustainable approach to healthy eating/living on a Nigerian diet. Ronke publishes recipes on her blog (, Instagram feed & Youtube channel. You can find ingredients listed on the website at Visit for quick, convenient grocery shopping.