Take Back Your Health – Eat Well & Give Yourself More Energy
Since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020 we’ve all had to adapt the way that we cook and eat. Which means most of us are spending more time preparing food and cooking it ourselves at home, which can also sometimes mean that we end up having takeaways and fast food.
Takeaways or fast food meals are fine every now and then, but too often they tend to be high in sugar, salt and fat. It can also be hard to determine exactly what ingredients they contain and whether they include essential nutrients your body needs. So, if possible, try to make a takeaway option more of an occasion than a regular event, as it is far healthier if you can stick with the home cooking.
Ask yourself the question, where does your food come from? And then, what happens to it from field to fork? Eating a healthy balanced diet based around home cooking is one of the best ways to know for sure what your meals contain. As well as helping you to stay healthy and keeping your energy levels high, it’s easier to make sure that you get all your essential nutrients that you need.
Put food at the top of your priority list and prepare your meals hands on. Try to get into the habit of prepping and cooking your own meals and make sure you incorporate lots of vegetables, along with whole grain carbs, lean protein, and lower-fat dairy products. Avoid processed food at all costs. Read up for recipe ideas.
Here are my top motivational tips to help you get organised on the cooking front:
- Experiment with a new cookbook, look at different ingredients, and be adventurous, there also are plenty of recipes online
- Create a weekly menu and ask other people in your household to join in to help spread the workload
- Prepare a weekly shopping list and make most of your purchases all in one go
- Each week try something new, something you haven’t tried before, perhaps a new ingredient or even a completely new recipe
- Think about eating vegetarian food for one day a week
Start in a small way and be kind to yourself
Many of the chronic illnesses we face throughout our lives, including heart disease, many types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, as well as obesity can be helped if we make fundamental changes to our eating styles and habits. Don’t be put off if you feel that your habits are ingrained and part of you, you only need to take one step at a time. Start in a small way and be kind to yourself as you make these changes to your eating routines that you have formed throughout your life. Just take one small step at a time.
Next week we will look at ways to help you to make these changes, and to look at what I believe is the perfect plate of food. You can read more of my Monday Motivation Blogs HERE.