7 Nutrition Hacks for Energy Today and Vitality Long Term!
We’re having such a fantastic spell with the weather and the summer is fast approaching. Everyone’s talking beach bodies and what’s the fastest way to get results. Are you one of them?
It’s really easy to get carried away with super restrictive diets looking for short-term results, and I can appreciate the drive to do this. It’s hard to make diet and lifestyle changes, especially when we’re all super busy, and the pressure to be ‘body beautiful’ is still so influential.
Instead why not focus on making changes that make you feel great now and forever? There are some really basic guidelines that will help you build the foundations for great health and vitality.
1. Eat REAL food
Foods that have spent a long time in a factory, contain lots of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce, or have an usually long shelf life are usually an indication that they won’t have the best nutritional value. In some cases, they may even contain ingredients harmful to your health.
So, choose ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. Make real food with real ingredients – and savour the whole process – from idea to kitchen to plate to belly!
2. Stay HYDRATED
This really is one of the simplest things we can do to take good care of ourselves. Being hydrated at a cellular level does wonders for every part of your health and helps contribute to that overall sense, look and feel of vitality. Have a minimum of 1.5-2 litres of water gradually over the course of the day, complementing that with any herbal teas. Adjust that if it’s a particularly hot day or you’ve been active. Your urine should be a light straw colour. If it’s darker, you feel thirsty or you have a headache coming on – it’s likely you’re already dehydrated.
3. FAT is not the enemy
How many of us are still fearful of fat? Many years of low fat/no fat messages and products still have a strong influence. Be assured that fat is not the enemy! Choose healthy natural fats and eat in moderation and it will actually benefit your health. Avocados, nuts and seeds, cold pressed oils, eggs, sardines, mackerel, salmon, trout – all mouth wateringly tasty and great for you.
We’ve had 5-a-day, now it’s 7-a-day, but I say 9-a-day and no less. Vegetables and fruit should be the majority of what you consume. Packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants they’re just so good for you. Have more vegetables than fruit to avoid overloading on natural sugars.
Modern day framing methods and transit times can mean that vegetables and fruits aren’t as densely packed with nutrients as they were for our grandparents – so pack them in and get your fill.
5. Eat the RAINBOW
So you’re having your 9-a-day, are you also getting a variety of colours in your fruit and vegetables? Just think of it like a rainbow – the more variety of colour you are having the greater the breadth of nutrients you’ll be consuming. Easy, right?
6. Reduce SUGAR
This message is everywhere you see for a reason. Refined sugars all of the time are just not good for you. The play havoc with your blood sugar balance, which is a foundation to long term good health, and contribute to so many other areas of ill-health. If you’re craving sugar give some thought as to why that is – habit, under-nourished, stress, health issue? You already know what you need to do here – don’t hold off any longer.
7. Buy the BEST QUALITY food you can afford
Budgets are often tight, but don’t make your food ingredients the items you cut corners on. It’s your life-force so choose the very best your budget can afford. Free range eggs, wild salmon, organic fruit and vegetables. I know it can be confusing – if you want to know more on this subject, let me know and we’ll dedicate a blog to it.
If you’re interested in any of these subjects then check out my work with Make Life Amazing and think about coming to our upcoming Masterclass ‘I Am Energised’ – you’ll leave informed and empowered to be super energised. Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/makelifeamazinguk/
BA, MA, Dip Nut (CNM), mBANT, CNHC