Forget the anti-ageing creams or weight loss pills, your answer to looking better is very simple! All you need to do is make a few lifestyle changes to make sure you feel and look healthy.
Research over the years has shown that subtle lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of developing killer conditions that are affecting more and more people every day. Whilst juggling our busy lifestyle, family and friends, we often forget the importance of a healthy diet.
In fact, it’s pretty simple to take control of your health and know exactly what you’re putting into your body and the impact it’s creating.
Whether it’s cutting out the greasy takeaway or adding more greens to your plate, there’s always something we all can do to make ourselves healthier. As the saying goes – every little helps!
Here are some simple diet tweaks you can make to help you look and feel more powerful!
Go Green – Swap ordinary tea for green tea
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet, that’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients which have a positive effect on the body.
It’s also thought the antioxidants found in green tea may have a role in helping the body burn more calories, as it helps speeds up the metabolism. So it’s a great option to go for if you are trying to lose weight.
Green tea does come with a bitter and herbal flavour, so if that’s ‘not your cup of tea’ then why not try it with a dollop of honey for added flavour and sweetness?
Happy-go-nutty! – Eat more nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are great snacking treats if you are not allergic to nuts of course. They also make up an important part of a healthy diet as they help to reach your recommended intake of protein each day.
A diet rich in nuts and seeds can help reduce the levels of inflammation in your body. Here are some top nuts and seeds.
Almond: Rich in calcium like milk and contains magnesium, vitamin E and lots of fibre
Walnuts: Very good for maintaining a healthy heart and brain
Pecans: Contains lots of vitamins and minerals like folic acid, zinc, potassium and it also helps reduce cholesterol levels
Flax seeds: Contains lots of fibre and antioxidants and can be easily added to oatmeal or smoothies
Pumpkin Seeds: These are great for your immune system!
Get your ACE superpowers!
Vitamins A C and E are the anti-ageing superheroes! Choosing foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals is the best way to give your body what it needs to stay healthy and well-nourished.
Avoid taking supplements and get your vitamin fix from different foods instead.
Vitamin A: Carrots, peppers, butternut squash, mango, cantaloupe, broccoli, spinach
Vitamin C: Kiwi fruit, oranges, raspberries, strawberries and peppers
Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.
Keep calm and eat fish!
The human body can’t naturally produce omega-3s, but they’re still important and needed for a healthy body inside and out.
Fish is the world’s best source of omega-3 fatty acids and it’s loaded with vital nutrients such as protein and vitamin D.
Plus you can get plumper looking skin by eating more oily fish such as mackerel and salmon. The fats in oily fish are required for healthy cell membrane, which acts as a guard and helps cells hold onto moisture in the body.
Hello Fruit and Veg, long time no see
It’s important to eat fruits and vegetables regularly each day as it’s a simple way to improve your nutrition and to add those natural vitamins and minerals to your body.
Your overall health can be improved by eating a diet filled with plenty of fruits and vegetables. They can also help to keep your weight under control as they are filling but low in calories.
Plus there are so many ways you can add fruits and vegetables to your everyday diet.
Have an orange with your breakfast, a delicious broccoli salad for lunch, steamed asparagus with dinner and finish off with a fruit salad for dessert!
The choice is yours…
Remember, your body is a temple. So you must cut out anything in your diet that is silently causing destruction to your body.
By following these simple lifestyle changes, not only are you improving your health, you will also feel a lot happier knowing you are fuelling your body with the correct nutrients it deserves.