Diet Dos!

Heart-Healthy-FoodsI spoke previously about how I try to follow a clean eating diet in my post ‘What’s At Steak’.  In our busy world, it can be difficult to do this I know.  People are time poor and it’s all about the convenience.  But we can all make some small adjustments that will make a big difference!  Here are a few tips on how to revamp your diet:

1. Oil Change – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids which helps to stimulate your metabolism and keeps cravings at bay!

2. Buyer Beware – always read food labels and check sugar and saturated fat content.  Anything that contains 15g of sugar per 100g or 5g of fat per 100g is high in fat.

3. Mind Your Munchies – try and substitute unhealthy snacks with fruit or nuts – difficult to stick to this one, I know, but if you try and follow the 80/20 rule (be good 80% of the time and have treats 20%) you’ll find it much easier!

4. Go Organic – organic should ideally be what we eat in ALL our foods.  It is expensive and especially when you are feeding a large family.  If you cannot afford to buy all organic, try and buy your most used items organically.  Here are some fruits and veg that you should try and buy organic as they are more susceptible to pesticides: apples, peach, bell peppers, nectarine, cherries, celery, strawberries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots, pears.

5. Curb Your Carbs – a lot of us lead more sedentary lives than our forefathers (physical labourers and frequent gym bunnies excluded!) so we don’t need as much carbohydrate in our diets.  Try and stick to wholegrain carbs as they are slow release and fill you up for longer.  Try and give white pasta, rice and bread a miss.

7. One Ingredient Rule – supermarkets are full of processed and prepacked food containing added sugar, salt and preservatives.  Try and stick to one ingredient whole foods like lean meat and fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and herbs.

8. Be Seen Eating Green – try and add more green into your diet.  Try to add veggies like broccoli, kale and spinach or add the supplement spirulina to meals.

9. Smart Swaps – try to be clever about your diet.  When you reach for something, think of a healthy alternative you can swap it for – like turkey mince instead of beef, popcorn instead of chips, sorbet instead of ice-cream.

10. Shrewd Shopping – buy from a local fresh grocer that supplies fresh foods and source your local health food shop to buy some essentials or your organic foods from there.

Happy healthy eating!!

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