For some people, starting a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done. But if you want to make a change, below you will find 4 simple tips (although extremely effective) to help kick start your healthy eating and lifestyle once again.
- Write a weekly menu plan
Here is an interesting fact, the average household in the UK throws out 10% of the food from the weekly shop. That’s a bit of a waste!
This happens because people buy foods and products that they don’t really need, or plan on eating. Instead, know exactly what you need to buy, and go to the shop with a food list based on the healthy and nutritious meals you will be eating from a set nutrition plan.
This will also limit the amount of junk food purchases as you can head straight to the foods you need with minimal browsing.
- Kill the snacking
Let me guess – the last few weeks have forced you out of routine, and that includes your eating schedule too.
Your breakfasts became early lunches, lunches got skipped, dinners got larger, and all with a few added snacks in-between.
Getting back into a set eating routine is important to ensure you are eating the right foods, while providing your body with sufficient calories and nutrients to support your goals.
Uncontrolled snacking can blunt your appetite, meaning you miss the main meals and never let your body fall into a natural eating pattern, which is actually a very healthy thing to do.
Ditching the extra snacks may also mean better food choices, and a lower calorie intake without even reducing your main meals.
- Fight inflammation
Embrace a number of natural spices to keep your immune system strong and seasonal viruses at bay.
This spice contains ‘cinnamaldehyde’, which helps reduce inflammation in the body by regulating blood flow.
Cinnamon also contains essential oils that have anti-microbial effect on the body. This supports our immune function, and aids in fighting infections.
This spice acts as an anti-oxidant within the body, as it helps prevent the build up of free radicals.
Another benefit of ginger is that it makes us sweat more, which is a very healthy thing to do. When we sweat, we release ‘dermicidin’, a germ fighting agent that is secreted by the sweat glands, protecting the body against micro-organisms and bacteria.
An age old spice that fights inflammation directly in the digestive tract and bowels, ensuring a healthy and strong digestive system.
Further, turmeric can also neutralize free radicals in the body, thus reducing joint inflammation, leaving us ache free.
- Make it colourful
We know we should be eating vegetables with every meal, but at this time of the year, it is even more important. The goal should be to eat as much veg as possible, but to eat as wide a variety as possible too.
Vegetables contain ‘Phytochemicals’, which are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. Some are simply responsible for color or smell of the plant, but it has been estimated that there may be as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals with a potential to affect diseases such as cancer, stroke or metabolic syndrome.