It’s Dee again your health and wellness coach asking – are you eating for your health?
In this day and age it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what is good for us and what isn’t. We have adverts popping up every two minutes stating their produce now has added protein or fibre or the next new ‘superfood!’ We have new restaurants around each corner portraying their menu is better and healthier than their competitors. Yet the UK is still named the most overweight nation in Western Europe.
So how can we change this? How do we bring those numbers down to what they were 30 – 40 years ago?
The answer is going back to basics with nutrition. It’s not even about getting regular exercise or joining a gym any more. It’s about getting it right in the kitchen and following a few simple rules on a daily basis and keeping that routine as part of your lifestyle.
And therein lies the problem………lifestyle!
We get so caught up with getting to work on time, having an extra 10 minutes in bed, making sure we get our hobbies in for the week that proper nutrition takes a massive step back to the point we don’t even think about it anymore. I guess it’s just easier and less bothersome to buy our meals as and when we feel hungry.
There is also a problem in what we think is healthy when it comes to food actually is not healthy at all and that probably lies in our education or the media misinforming us.
The basics is something that no one is giving enough attention to and as unsexy as it sounds, food is just food, but learning a bit more about it could mean the difference between healthy and unhealthy.
So here are a few things you can incorporate into your lifestyle today to make sure you are eating for health:
- Understanding your own body including your intolerances and allergies
- Eat whole, natural, one ingredient foods for 80 – 90% of your diet
- Eat enough fruit and vegetables to give you a natural energy boost
- Making sure you eat sufficient protein
- Don’t eat foods that upset you or cause a reaction
- Take supplements to cover all health angles
- Drink enough fluids
- Prepare meals in advance
- Keep snacks and sugar to a minimum
- Keep it all very SIMPLE!