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National Simplify Your Life Week - Top Tips To Simplify Healthy Eating


It stands to reason, if you can make healthy eating (and drinking) simple and easy then you are more likely to make healthy choices.  


Top tips to help you keep it simple and make healthier choices more often

1.  Commit.  Top of our tree is commitment.  That is commiting to yourself that you will be making some simple changes to your everyday food and drink that will have you feeling less bloated and less tired in no time.   

2.  Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your food in terms of color, variety, and freshness.  This means choosing to eat a wide and varied diet based on different fruits, veggies and low fat meats, fish, pulses.  

3.  Breakfast.  If you don't have time for breakfast or are not fond of eating early no problem.  Who ever said you have to eat a full on bowl of cereal or full english first thing in the morning.  However don't leave it too long and make sure you have 'something' within an hour of rising.  Simple suggestions are; a piece of fruit, handful of nuts, yoghurt or make up a smoothie, leave it in the fridge overnight and take it with you in the morning.  Just give it a shake to amalgamate all the ingredients when you are ready to drink it.

4.  Take Water with you. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.  Keep a case of 6 bottles in the boot of the car and carry half litre with you always.

5.  Take snacks with you.  Going too long between meals will end badly with your need to eat the proverbial horse.  Simplify by taking snacks with you.  Carry fruit, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, oat cakes and good quality dark chocolate for those times in the day when you need to refuel.  Most of these can certainly be carried in the boot of the car or stashed in your bag or about your person.

6.  White bread for wholegrains.  Set about a simple lunchtime swap from white bread to wholegrain bread.  White bread contains less than half of the vitamin B contained within wholegrain bread because the vitamin is destroyed in the process of refining the grain.  

7.  Takeaways.  Typically takeaways are loaded with hydrogenated fats that can solidify in your veins and arteries and can cause heart disease, high cholesterol and other unpleasant diseases and illnesses.  To make your takeaway healthier try these alternatives;

Chinese takeout - Opt for peking duck or yuk sung or pretty much anything that does not contain a sauce or batter.  Share a rice and drink plenty of water because chinese takeout in the UK is likely to dehydrate you.

Indian takeout - Opt for a sauce free dish such as chicken tikka or chicken sashlick.  Share a rice or naan bread and halve your portion of pickles.  Again drink plenty of water.

8.  Alcohol.  Choose to remain within the government guidelines which is 14 units per week for a woman and 21 units per week for a man.  Give yourself two consecutive alcohol free days.  Don't drink at lunchtime because this will know you out for the rest of the day.  

Try these suggestions;  dilute a glass of wine with soda or sparkling water to make a spritzer, make alternative drinks water or diet mixers, swap beer for lager.

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