How can we start to make changes towards a healthier lifestyle?
Start with the basics!
1: Choose almond, oat, coconut or hemp milk over highly processed cows milk.
2: Ditch the cheaper & highly processed vegetable oils for cooking .. swap for a quality blended olive oil or even lard! Use virgin olive oil or walnut oil etc to dress food with.
3: Struggling to get all your greens in? Try juicing your veggies….a great way to pack in the nutrients. If you have a blender you can still sneak in some green stuff with your smoothies!
4: For fat loss stop snacking & grazing through the day. Eat 3 fulfilling meals – chew slowly, eat until you’re full and then stop!
5: Sleep is key. Too little sleep, waking up tired, not going to bed early will cause your cortisol to rise & start off your craving for carbs & sugar!
6: Fruit contains sugar so you need to go easy on fruit. Many people think they are eating healthy because they eat loads of fruit, but continue to put weight on.
Fruit will cause a huge hormonal spike, so eat more vegetables & a lot less fruit.
7: Look at the ingredients list – a mile long on some of these so-called “healthy foods”!
8: The best possible thing you could do for your children is to NOT give them cereal for breakfast – not that easy, given the power of food advertising & marketing! Try a banana based smoothie, eggs ANY which way!, a homemade granola (we got some good recipes at Kick Start), banana pancakes …. any lunch style brekkie which will give them BRAIN food and sustain them all morning!
Research shows us without doubt, that sugar, processed food & gluten are linked to all kinds of attention & behaviour issues in children, so maybe do your own research if in doubt!
9: A dense & preferably organic rye or homemade bread will fill you up and be so much more nutritious than the factory made stuff on the supermarket shelves. Dig out the bread maker and get into the habit of 10 mins prep before you go to bed …to wake up to the smell of a fresh baked and healthier loaf!
10: Swap every other alcoholic drink for a fizzy water, full of lime / lemon / ice … in a proper wine glass! Or better still be the dedicated driver! It doesn’t have to be every time….just be selective about when you enjoy a drink!