Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips
Here are my top 10 tips to leading a healthier lifestyle. It was definitely hard to narrow it down! If you’re looking to make some heathier changes and want some support please get in touch and I can tailor the information for you and your lifestyle and work together to achieve your personal goals.
1. Be kind to your body by eating natural ingredients or minimally processed foods. Fuel your body with the foods and fluids it needs in order to function well and not foods that will slow it down.
2. Have a routine. Everyone has different needs and different lifestyles but generally speaking 3 balanced meals and snacks if necessary in between is ideal in order to provide you with energy throughout the day. It’s best not to skip meals as this often leads to making poor food choices and larger portion sizes later on when you’re really hungry.
3. Eat lots of fruit and veg. This is one of the best and most underrated/least likely to be followed nutrition tips out there! As a nation adults are only getting 2-3 portions a day and we should aim for at least 5. Think about your whole day and how you can include them at a meal time or as a snack.
4. Never cut out carbohydrates! Starchy foods are a good source of energy and the main source of a range of nutrients in our diet. As well as starch, they contain fibre, calcium, iron and B vitamins. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat. Just watch out for the added fats used when you cook and serve them.
5. Have small amounts of healthy fats. There are 2 types that do almost opposite things in your body. Opt for unsaturated fat instead of saturated.
6. Have an awareness of calories but don’t obsess about them. It’s more helpful to think about the food as a whole and what nutrients it’s going to provide.
7. Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein. Aim for at least two portions of fish every week – one of which should be oily, such as salmon or mackerel
8. Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks and yoghurts). Choose lower-fat and lower-sugar options
9. Get 150 minutes of exercise a week. Find an activity that you love and you’ll have no problems making it a habit.
10. Make sure you look after your mental health as this can in turn affect your sleep and mood and possibly the foods you choose. De-stress by doing things that may you feel good and relaxed – meet up with friends/family, go for a walk, do yoga/pilates, run yourself a bath etc!