As a nutritionist, I am always asked for simple and easy tricks for healthy eating. With that in mind here are my Top 3 Tips for anyone trying to improve their diet, and they provide a good place to start whatever your goals are.
Always eat breakfast
Your body (and also your brain!) expects to be refueled several times a day. When you don’t eat breakfast you will feel so hungry by lunchtime that you may eat more foods than your normally would – oh hi potential weight gain!
Eating breakfast can also help to lower Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. Another benefit of breakfast is that it will keep you focused and productive until lunch!
Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Between 60-70% of the human body is made up of water. We need to drink water to keep our bodies running properly. Your body loses water from urination, sweating and even breathing so needs to replaced. Not drinking enough water will result in your body becoming dehydrated, the most common cause of fatigue. Do not rely on caffeine and energy pills for a boost – stick to water!
Water is a necessary ingredient for correct blood flow in your body. Keeping yourself hydrated will increase oxygen levels in your bloodstream, leading to better circulation and improved overall health. Good blood flow will also help increase energy levels and burn more fat.
Drinking lots of water also helps to flush toxins from your body. Your kidneys act like a filter – in order for them to work as they should, they need to have plenty of water supplied to them. By drinking the recommended 2 litres a day your kidneys will be more effective and your body will be able to expel more harmful toxins from the digestive tract.
Take your time
Good nutrition is like a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t make the mistake of trying to change everything overnight. It took your entire life to learn your current nutrition habits, so expect it to take time to change them. After two weeks of a consistent change, it becomes a habit. Following tips like the ones mentioned above, or others such as cutting down on sugar and fat, avoiding fizzy drinks and junk food to name a few, can make a big difference to your overall health.
Taking your time when it comes to eating food is so important too. Digestion starts in the mouth so take the time to chew your food well so as to avoid extra digestive problems – in other words really enjoy what you are eating – eating should not be rushed, it should be enjoyed!
It can take 20 minutes for messages that you are full to get to your brain so by eating too quickly it can result in weight gain. Eating slower is a simple, healthy habit that can be easily learned so be sure to practice!
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Hope this helped you people!
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