At this time of year, you will hear a LOT about healthy eating, exercise, and you’ll hear many of your friends and coworkers going on about their aims for their “summer body”.
There’s a reason for that. Eating healthily and developing good habits with food is actually a great way to ensure you will look and feel amazing all year round, not just for the next few months.
If you’re trying to lose weight or simply eat a little bit healthier, or even just maintain your weight and stay healthy and active, here is my list of healthy eating habits that can help you to “rock your body” all year long.
Water is amazing stuff. You need it every single day, and in fact, humans can only live 3 days without it!
When you’re dehydrated your body doesn’t function as well as it should – if you are feeling tired or just not quite right, try drinking a glass of water (not tea or coffee) and see if that helps.
If you find swallowing water or other beverages difficult, try out SimplyThick beverage thickeners. These thickeners will give the beverage more viscosity without compromising n flavor.
Green vegetables are great for you and for your body, making up 20% of the recommended daily calories. They contain loads of vitamins, including A, B1, B2, C, D, E and K which play crucial roles in your body’s health.
Other great foods to incorporate are peas (including frozen), peppers (sweet and hot) pumpkin (summer/autumn only), broccoli & cauliflower.
The best fruits are berries – they’re delicious and packed with antioxidants. Tropical fruits are also great to eat, they are high in vitamin C and will make you feel full.
Remember that most fruit should be eaten fresh, rather than tinned or dried. Also, try and avoid too much soft drink – fruit juice is better for you!
There are so many great sources of protein: tuna, salmon, eggs, cheese, beans and lentils are just a few examples. These help to keep your body strong and healthy by providing the building blocks for your muscles!
Try to include a source of protein with each meal – it will help you to feel fuller for longer. When choosing meat or fish try to select lean cuts if possible.
When you eat a balanced diet, at least 50% should be vegetables.
Vegetables contain lots of vitamins and antioxidants, which are great for your body. They also help you to feel full quicker and for longer. Try not to overcook them though – a bit of color is good!
Try to get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day (or more). This is great for your heart, blood pressure and generally feeling pretty amazing!
Brisk walking, cycling, and swimming are all good options – not only do you get fitter and stronger, but also help with weight loss. Try and make it part of your daily routine.