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5 Top Tips for Healthy Eating

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Start your year off with these simple tips for healthy eating that you can do now!

1. Never eat low fat or diet products

If you haven’t heard the message yet, fat is not the enemy. We all need to eat good fats, they add taste, make us feel full, and are an important source of fuel for our brain. Good natural fats such as those found in avocadoes, nuts and oily fish are essential for good health.

The other issue is that low fat cannot be read as healthy. Low fat dairy usually has much higher levels of sugar and other additives such as thickeners and emulsifiers, and you should never go near a diet soft drink, as they are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners.

2. Snack on fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds

berriesThere are many tempting snack options on the market, but there’s nothing simpler or better for you than snacking on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Yes, this can sometimes get a bit boring, so why not mix it up by trying carrot sticks dipped in hummus or celery spread with nut butter.

Preparing a little snack pack of cut up fruit and veg at the beginning of the day is a good way to ensure you have these healthy snacks to hand throughout the day.

3. Ditch the soft drink, drink water instead

sugar in sodaMost soft drinks are astronomically high in sugar, eg a 600ml Fanta has 64g of sugar, that’s a whopping 16 teaspoons! And as we’ve already mentioned, you should steer clear of the zero calorie versions as well.

Juices, whilst containing high quantities of nutrients, should not be overdone, as after removing all the fibrous pulp, you’re left with a high sugar mix.

Water is the perfect thirst-quenching drink. If you get bored with it, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, or add some fresh mint. Carbonated waters are a good option as well if you’re looking for a bit of fizz!

4. Eat less fast food

In particular, avoid deep-fried foods. The oil used to cook these foods is usually cheap, highly refined (and potentially GMO containing) vegetable oils that are used over and over. Fried foods often soak up these oils resulting in foods high in saturated fats that raise cholesterol, increase your weight and the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Have a quick alternative in your cooking repertoire that you can cook at home when you’re after something simple and easy. One of my favourites is a quick dish of sauteed leafy greens, with onion and garlic, a couple of eggs stirred through at the end, topped with some sliced tomatoes, fetta cheese, olive oil and himalayan salt. Simple, nutritious, delicious and done in less than 10 minutes.

5. Just Eat Real Food (JERF!)

leafy green vegetablesOur bodies, and the bodies of all mammals, are designed to eat real food.

Artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, and heavily refined foods have never been part of the natural food-chain, so it’s crazy that these things are added to so many foods nowadays. Logically, why would we eat something that is not food?

If you can, choose fresh organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes. If you eat meat, get to know your butcher and learn more about where your meat comes from, how it was farmed and ultimately how the animal was treated during its life.

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