Tips for Healthy Eating
At these times of high infections and with a focus on healthy eating and fitness, food is one of the areas in which we can help ourselves to better health. One of the first and most straightforward ways are to concentrate on everything that we eat and drink with a view to making improvements wherever we can. Try to make healthy choices rather than slip into old habits and look out for organic, whole foods first and foremost.
High-quality foods include unrefined, minimally processed foods such as veg and fruit, as well as whole grains, healthy fats and healthy sources of protein. To be honest, anything that does not contain a list of ingredients, but basic foods that you put together yourself to make a meal. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been scientifically proven to provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing your risk of several chronic diseases and keeping your body and mind healthy.
There are some basic changes that we can all make which will help our bodies to repair and rebuild after any illness or infection. Here are my tips:
- Start the day with a healthy smoothie to include a number of pro and prebiotic foods and fibres to help your gut bacteria fight off any infections and prepare your immune system to its optimal level.
- Space out your meals to within an 8 hour limit. So if you have your smoothie, or breakfast, at 10.00 am, make sure the last meal of the day for you is no later than 6.00 pm. Then leave at least a 12 hour gap, (preferably a 16 hour gap), before your first meal of the following day. This is called intermittent fasting and is so very, very good for your body.
- Make sure you eat a number of colourful vegetables in your main meals, and especially choose from the Cruciferous veggies group. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes.
- Don’t forget to include healthy fats as well as proteins.
Want to start with easy steps?
If you aim to start with small easy steps first. Pick one of the options above, and focus on that for a few weeks. Once you are comfortable with the changes you have made, then move onto one of the other options, and continue until you have conquered them all.
A natural plant based diet will provide you with the right ingredients for a healthier life and help you to look and feel your very best. Taking good care of yourself is much easier than you might think and with a few changes, and a healthy eating plan you will be able to nourish yourself with good healthy food all year long. Next week we will look at ways that will help you to form a healthy eating plan, and in due course we will also focus on supplements, vitamins and minerals to guide and support your healthy eating regime.
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