Whether you’re looking to trim down or just want to live a little more healthy, there are a few simple tips which I believe can make a big difference to not just your body, but your mind too. Look better and feel better by adopting these in your daily life…
1. Make regular exercise a priority and aim for at least three times each week. Physical activity can be beneficial in so many ways, not only in losing weight, but also for your internal health, stress levels and mental wellbeing. Not to mention, you’ll also sleep better too! It can be as simple as a 20 – 45 minute walk or pilates session, just enjoy this time to clear your mind, re-energize and do something for you.
2. Processed foods are bad news, try to reduce these as much as possible (yes, I know they’re usually delicious, so let’s be real here – cutting them out entirely would be a serious challenge for the best of us!) Processed foods include things like frozen meals, soda, chips, breads, biscuits and sauces. Often packaged in boxes, bags or cans, they’re loaded with sugar and hold little nutritional value. A diet high in processed foods is not only bad for your waistline, but could also cause a number of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
3. Vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains are where it’s at. You’ll feel amazing if your diet includes a lot more of these. The fruit and veg part is easy, but what are some examples of whole grains? I like to have quinoa with meals, often substituting spaghetti or white rice and using this instead (eg. bolognaise sauce or a chicken stir-fry on quinoa). Another great trick is creating a risotto type dish with it. I just cook the quinoa and separately do some mushrooms, onions, chicken (or whatever you like) and then mix it all together. If you happen to add a little truffle oil, it’s amazing!
You could also swap white rice for brown rice (if you like sushi, more places are now offering brown rice as an option) and oats are a simple, quick and delicious meal for breakfast.
There’s always room for improvement in my diet, but sometimes it can get confusing – and I think the best way to achieve this is through educating yourself, so you can make better choices.
What health tips do you live by? I love talking about these things, so let’s chat – just comment below or send me an email!