More often than not, as the new year bells chime we will always hear either ourselves or someone saying “I’m going to start eating healthy this year!”. Whilst this is an excellent approach to health and offers a multitude of benefits; the entire concept is still… vague. In order to get those results from this new year resolution, we need to break down and establish what “eating healthy” really is. By breaking it down into healthy bitesize chunks we can map out what is realistic and take our first solid step towards better health.
Slow and steady wins the race!
Our bodies become accustomed to what we eat on a regular basis, therefore you can imagine the shock (and the cravings) when January comes round and suddenly we implement all sorts of restrictions on ourselves! This is not sustainable long-term and is one of the main reasons complete dietary-reboots rarely work. Try reducing the amount of sugar you drink in your tea by one spoon and continue to reduce. Or set a goal of eating 3 fruit/vegetables a day and build up. Keep the goals small to start with, as this will be great motivation for the larger tasks.
Fail to Prepare? Prepare to Fail!
Meal prep. What else can we say about this? Preparing your meals for the day can sometimes be the dealbreaker on whether you commit to your dietary plan when you arrive home from work, tired and hungry. Having your meals ready will prevent the temptation of eating some quick, fatty, sugary snack (and prevent the guilty feeling afterward!).
#TeamWinning: Antioxidants and Probiotics
As science delves more into how our bodies interact with food we are finding out more about what our bodies truly need. Antioxidants can be found in the likes of oranges, berries, pears just to name a few, this helps to “mop up” all the bodies leftovers after they chemically break down your food. Meanwhile, probiotics give a helping hand to the healthy bacteria in your digestive system and keep things working smoothly.
Stack the “Cods” in your favor…
Establish one or two “fish days”. Fish is in abundance and with the enormous variety, there is most certainly something for every palate. Oily fish are an excellent source of omega fatty acids which are one of the essential acids that our bodies are unable to create by themselves and need from an external source. Additionally, oily fish provide some of the bodies vitamin B&D, protein and selenium. If that wasn’t enough to convince you to get to your local fish market, a link has been suggested between omega consumption and the prevention of cardiovascular disease, vision loss, and dementia; – leaving fish a true superfood!
Wet, wet, wet!
Keeping hydrated is key. Water helps to “flush” out waste, gives a boost to your metabolism, and helps suppress appetite. Try drinking a small glass of water before you have your meal to help you feel that little bit more full and prevent excessive eating.