With a new year upon us, there are plenty of practical and easy changes we can make to our diet that will have a positive impact and are quick and easy to implement.
GO EASY ON YOURSELF
Go easy on yourself, but not too easy! Make small weekly changes as opposed to extreme detox plans, juice cleanses and fad diets. If you have been indulging a lot over the holidays, this will send you into toxic shock.
AIM FOR BALANCE
Aim for more of a balance than a purge and splurge approach. Start incorporating healthy habits into your everyday routine that will become habits of a lifetime.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Start the day with a cup of warm water and lemon. This flushes toxins from the body, boosts the immune system and gently cleanses the colon.
Eat more protein such as eggs, turkey, smoked salmon, mackerel. Start each meal with a few bites of protein which will balance your body’s insulin response. If breakfast is not your thing whizz up a healthy smoothie to bring to work or school. Blend berries, banana, flaxseed and some almond or coconut milk, to give you a delicious, nutritious breakfast.
GREEN, LEAFY VEGETABLES
Incorporate fresh vegetables into every meal, especially green leafy vegetables which provide essential nutrients such as Vit K, C and E and B vitamins. Add them to stir-fries, soups, curries and salads Have a salad with every meal on the table.
SWITCH THE CARBS
Try switching from white, processed bread, rice and pasta to whole grain varieties. The best is to replace with Courgettes, pumpkins, Beetroot and carrots.
Start juicing the primary carrot and apple combination and gradually add cucumber, celery, kale, baby spinach.
Aim to reduce to one good coffee a day and have it in the morning, with food, so it is easier on your digestion and won’t affect sleep.
Avoid refined sugar and stick to treats that are sweetened naturally with dates or small amounts of honey.
Reduce alcohol intake especially the sugary sweet mixers. Opt for wine or beer which have less sugar. Red wine can be beneficial in small quantities but harmful in large amounts. Rather than giving up the booze, why not resolve to drink more moderately?
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