It’s probably safe to say that most of us had at least one of the following New Year’s resolutions… if not both…
- Eat healthier
- Lose Weight
Only problem is, it’s super easy to make our resolutions, but it’s a whole other story when it comes to keeping them. However, making simple dietary changes that can be incorporated into your lifestyle will put you on track to help achieve your resolutions.
- Eat More Greens!
We always heard it when we were kids – eat your vegetables! But vegetables, and particularly leafy greens are one of the healthiest foods ever. These vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that provide your body with all it needs to detox naturally. Extremely high in chlorophylls, leafy greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream, alkalise the body, support natural detoxification and support our digestive system. Pick up some of these greens at any one of our fruit & veg stores: spinach, chicory, rocket, chard, kale and broccoli. Here are some yummy ideas to boost your veggie intake:
- Green Smoothie: an easy and delicious way of consuming some green ruffage. Add spinach, avocado or spinach to your next fruit smoothie to make them even healthier – be as creative as you like – see our BFFM recipe here!
- Healthy Sides: instead of loading your meals with sides of rice and potatoes, opt for a leafy green side for a refreshing change, steaming some baby spinach and drizzling with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon will be a great side for any meal.
- Always Eat Breakfast
So many of us make the mistake these days with our “on the go” lifestyles, of not eating breakfast. But once again, just as your mother’s always told you – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Ideally, we should all be eating breakfast within one hour of getting of bed – waiting any longer than this will cause our bodies to go into starvation mode and start storing unwanted fats. Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to consume a protein rich meal such as eggs on toast, cereal and natural yoghurt or cottage cheese and fruit. A protein based meal in the morning kick starts your metabolism for the day and control your appetite to support fat burning through the morning.
- Water is key
You’ve heard it a million times, but we’ll say it again, drinking loads of water helps support weight loss and flushes the body of unwanted toxins. We should all be drinking a minimum of 2 litres a day and steering clear of the sugar laden drinks such as flavoured waters, sports drinks, fizzy drinks which offer very little nutritionally.
- Cut down on sugar
Sugar can come in many forms; it could be in your morning fruit juice, the honey you put on your porridge or in processed foods like biscuits and cakes. Either way, less sugar is better. Sweet foods can drive your appetite and encourage sugar cravings leaving you prone to want to eat larger amounts of foods. The fresher and more natural the food you eat, the better your body will fare in the long run.