Make Small Dietary Changes for Great Results
We all know that a balanced diet is central to a healthy lifestyle. Choose what you
chew and you have the power to boost your mood, improve your muscles and bones,
and ward off weight gain, heart disease and cancer…the list is endless. But if
you’ve only ever known a life of burgers and pies, where do you
The journey begins with learning about new ways of eating. Eating healthily doesn’t mean starving
yourself, it means making manageable changes that you can maintain over time to
maximise your chances of feeling great in both body and mind.
Fruit and vegetables should make up about a third of your daily diet – bursting with nutrients and
antioxidants, they are thought to protect against obesity, heart disease and
cancer, so it makes sense to reach for a peach. Always choose wholegrain over
refined foods for their high fibre, disease fighting properties. Dairy foods
should be eaten in moderation as they can be high in saturated fat, but remember
that they’re an important source of calcium, which is crucial for healthy teeth
Pump up your protein levels and make sure your diet contains a variety of meat, fish, beans and eggs. It is
worth cutting back on anything that is high in sugar or fat – these ‘empty
calories’ only give you a momentary boost and are bursting in unhealthy
components, so you’re putting yourself at risk of developing a range of
diseases. All things in moderation, so resist supersize portions – studies have
shown that they don’t make you feel any more satisfied.
Think what you drink –
alcohol, the ‘feel-good’ drink, is none other than a dastardly depressant. The
odd beverage will give you a feeling of euphoria, but go easy if you want to
avoid longer term problems such as weight gain or depression. Caffeine may be
the only thing that gets you up in the mornings, but you may find that the burst
of energy you get from your daily triple espresso is followed by fatigue and
disturbed sleep. Keep your skin healthy and insides happy by drinking at least
two litres of water a day.
There are a host of health supplements on the market, which, when taken as part of a balanced diet, may
improve your health. A growing body of research documents the far-reaching
health benefits of green tea. Since ancient times, the Chinese have believed
that its antioxidants and compounds have an important role to play in warding
off disease. Take green
tea extract daily and you may just be
able to prevent tooth decay, lower your cholesterol and fight diabetes,
dementia, heart disease and cancer.
biloba has been popular in Chinese
medicine for thousands of years. Good circulation is essential for a healthy
body and mind and ginkgo biloba is believed to increase blood flow to the brain and through blood vessels,
which supply the body with oxygen and nutrients. Ginkgo biloba may, therefore,
boost brain functioning, enhance memory and improve alertness and energy levels.
It’s not difficult to get the right balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Make
a few small changes to your diet and you’ll be on your way to higher energy
levels and fewer health problems.