New Year, Healthier Me
We all know the drill: you spend December eating anything and everything in sight; polishing off selection boxes and vowing that on 1st January, your life will change and you’ll lose that weight you’ve been promising yourself to drop for the past four years of failed resolutions.
Instead of setting yourself up to fail by stripping your diet of all the foods that you enjoy, and avoiding social situations because they involve eating ‘bad’ food that will ‘ruin your diet’, why not try a new approach in 2019 – clean up your cupboards, without sacrificing your health and happiness.
Not only does food taste great, but what we eat also has a direct correlation with our mental wellbeing, too. So feed your physical and emotional health in 2019, with our new year tips for alleviating the January blues through your diet!
You Are What You Eat
We’ve all heard this phrase, but do we really know what it means?
Of course, there are certain foods on the supermarket shelves that should be consumed in moderation: high in saturated fat, sugar or salt, but it’s what these foods are made up of that play the biggest part in your health.
Consuming vitamin-rich, whole foods with a few ingredients is by far the easiest way to ensure what you are putting into your body is as beneficial as possible. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, pulses, grains and eggs should make up at least 70% of your diet, with the remaining percentage including the things that you eat for enjoyment, such as sweet treats, dairy, bread, pasta etc.
Remember: fat isn’t the enemy. Foods such as avocados, olive oil and nuts provide important nutrition to our bodies that contribute to heart health and brain function. Diet companies will often exclude healthy fats from diet plans, in favour of low-calorie (but high-sugar) snacks like cereal bars or yoghurts. Adding half an avocado to your chicken sandwich will benefit you much more than a ‘quick fix’ that will leave you starving again in an hour.
Don’t ‘demonise’ foods that are considered to be unhealthy, such as chocolate, sweets, crisps and fast food. Instead, allow yourself 1-2 times a week to enjoy these foods without feeling guilty or overindulged. This way, you’ll be looking after your physique, your emotional wellbeing AND your tastebuds!