Practical Tips For a Healthier You

Are you frustrated about where to start in terms of improving your health and well-being?

We are all familiar with the general health advice, to eat well and exercise, but sometimes in the busyness of life; demanding job, overtime, toddlers, social networking, raising kids, household chores and just stuff… it can be very difficult to apply such broad advice to our lives. Read more of this post

8 Simple Steps to a Healthier You

Do you want to get the most out of your body? Are you over feeling tired and unmotivated? Here are 8 simple steps that you can take to be a healthier, happier you!

1. Drink enough water
Most people will know that you need to drink 2 litres of water a day as a healthy fluid intake. This is true to an extent but better advice is to monitor the colour of your wee! People vary so much in their fluid levels and some people require more or less than 2 litres. To remain well hydrated just keep your urine a nice pale yellow colour, if its darker than this you are not drinking enough water.

2. Eat at the same time everyday
The body loves routine and daily rhythms, eating at roughly the same times everyday helps stabilize your appetite and metabolism. When you become sporadic, you are more likely to overeat and not be in control of your appetite.

3. Eat fruit
Fruit will satisfy a sweet tooth craving but will be much lower in calories than if you picked up a sweet biscuit or chocolate bar.

4. Make vegetables the main event
Most of the time we make vegetables the side dish. When you create a meal fill up the plate with at least half vegetables and make the meat or other accompaniments the side dish. The meal will be just as filling and satisfying on a lot less calories. Plus your body will thank you for all the vitamins and minerals.

5. Choose high fibre
I encourage you to try wholemeal pasta and brown rice next time you make your favourite family dinner. Not only will it still taste great, you will feel fuller on less food! Fibre will also be great for your cholesterol and those daily bowel movements! Other high fibre foods include, nuts, seeds, wholemeal or multi-grain bread, lentils, legumes, beans, fruit and vegetables.

6. Switch to skim
If you drink a lot of milk than switching to skim milk will dramatically reduce your saturated fat intake even if you drink lite milk now. Lite milk is 2% fat, which is pretty good, but skim milk is only 0.1% fat which is even better. Less fat means less calories and that is always good!

7. Try fish
Fish is a great source of healthy fats, protein and other nutrients such as selenium, iodine, calcium and zinc. Eat 1-2 serves of fish a week. Try this: BBQ fish in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Serve with lots of stir fried vegetables and drizzle over a dressing of lemon juice, crushed garlic, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and parsley. So good!

8. Dark chocolate
Yes you can! Its full of anti-oxidants and because its so rich, you only need to have a little bit. Give yourself a nice little treat after dinner with a cup of tea. Good times!