Looking to tone up, lose weight, get rid of bad skin or just simply get nourished? Make sure you hit your dietary goals in 2016 with these 6 simple steps:
- Don’t be over ambitious. It’s great to push yourself, but nutrition and health isn’t a quick fix, it’s a lifestyle change and you won’t see the results overnight, so don’t expect it! Write down what you want to achieve, and make a plan with some simple steps for the coming weeks.
- Educate yourself. Don’t expect the food industry or supermarkets to tell you what it truly healthy, because healthy food isn’t going to make anyone rich. Google what foods are high in which vitamins and minerals. Learn the importance of the major food groups, protein, carbohydrate and fat and understand why you need them all in balance. If you can educate yourself on health and diet, then you won’t get caught out by marketing scams on the latest “superfood”, weight loss plans and junk foods.
- There is no such thing as a healthy ready meal. Any meal from a supermarket that is wrapped in plastic is not healthy, even if it’s labelled as a diet food, light, or nutritious. The veg will be old, the meal with be full of preservatives and it has no place in a healthy lifestyle. No time? A wholesome salad takes 10 minutes, a home cooked meal takes 20-30 minutes. If you cannot make time to eat well, you need to assess your lifestyle and work/life balance because health is too important not to prioritise.
- Hello Water! Goodbye soft drinks. Soft drinks, we all know that they are just junk that rots your teeth, so give it up if you want to kick bad eating habits in 2016. Increase your water intake (hot or cold) and stay hydrated and focused. Often thirst is mistaken for hunger, another good reason to say hello to water!
- Eat better, not less! Unless you are eating enough to run a marathon everyday and not moving at all, don’t “diet”, skip meals or starve yourself, just eat the freshest, best quality food you can get.
- Enjoy! Food is fuel, but it should also be enjoyed! Check out recipes and keep going until you find a healthy style of cooking/preparing food that works for you.
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2016! x