Talking of health. It’s that time of year when people think of detoxing and dieting. I disagree with this approach. You need your strength in Winter to fight bugs and keep your energy levels up so Don’t Diet. Eat Well instead.
Here’s some tips to help you improve your diet this month:
Tip 1 – Choose warming foods
It’s cold and damp at this time of year so don’t punish yourself with cold salads. Warming foods such as soups and stews are really comforting and easy on your digestion. Choose ones with protein and vegetables to keep you full for longer. Chicken noodle soup is my favourite. I make it at the weekend with the roast chicken carcass. It’s smells divine whilst cooking too.
Tip 2 – Fresh is best!
Processed foods are bad for us for so many reasons. If you need a quick and easy dinner have a stir fry instead. Some fab veg such as carrots, corn, peppers, spring onions, ginger and garlic with some chicken or prawns and fresh noodles and soy sauce is great. I’m using Gok Wan’s Cook Chinese book for inspiration. So Quick & So Tasty!
Tip 3 – Eat a Good Breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day! I mix oats with my favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruit in advance so it’s quick and easy the next day to add some almond milk. I usually soak it for 30 mins too so that the oats are all fluffy. This keeps me going for a morning of Reflexology. If I’m out and about I’ll take an Eat Natural bar and a banana with me instead.
Tip 4 – Concentrate Just On Eating
Lunch time is not for multi tasking! Get away from your desk, TV or other distractions. Choose something healthy and tasty just eat. Enjoy!
Tip 5 – Chew Your Food Properly
Concentrating on eating and chewing properly can really help your digestion. Your systems works so much better for it. Try it today.
Tip 6 – Don’t Eat Too Late
Eating late is hard on your body. Your digestive system isn’t as effective and it can affect your sleep. What can you do to eat a bit earlier in the evenings this week?
Tip 7 – Not All Fat Is Bad
Good fat lowers cholesterol and can actually help with weight loss. These include: Nuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, avocados, olive oil, sunflower oil, fish oil, rapeseed oil & flaxseed oil.
Bad fats are saturated fats and trans fats should be avoided or consumed in moderation – red meat, cheese, chips, fried foods, pre packaged foods, some margarine.
Tip 8 – Foods in Season, local and organic are best for us.
For inspiration you could start to spend an extra 5 mins in the fruit and veg aisle of the supermarket, order a veg box from Abel & Cole or plan how to grow some of your own this Spring & Summer. Home grown tomatoes are really easy and so tasty.
I hope this blog has inspired you to make some healthy changes to your diet this month. Write a list and pop to the shops today and start the week as you mean to go on.