It might sound obvious but the best thing I learnt at nutrition school was how to eat properly!
I definitely had a tumultuous relationship with food growing up: depriving myself to lose weight, binge eating when I had PMS, only eating ‘lite’ versions of food, gorging on processed food, drinking too much alcohol and being terrified of consuming fat. These habits are common in today’s society due to lack of information and education, and unfortunately processed foods that come in a packet have a much larger marketing team than the humble carrot!
Becoming a nutritionist enabled me to do a complete 180 on my eating habits and I now eat to nourish myself, making sure I get all my vitamins and minerals in my daily diet, never skipping meals, eating low GI, unprocessed, natural wholefood to keep my weight, body and mind healthy.
Women need to learn to listen to their bodies, to recognise when things aren’t at their best and to try and heal themselves with food instead of looking for quick fixes and money-wasting fads. Appreciating what you put into your body and treating your body like the temple it really is is the best way to ensure it lasts you a lifetime.
Here are the best 5 tips I’ve learnt for improving your diet:
• Ditch the diet or ‘lite’ versions of food as they contain way too much sugar to compensate for flavor when the fat is removed. Also avoid anything with artificial sweeteners — chemicals are not your friends!
• Opt for good healthy fats, including olive and coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and oily fish to assist with brain and memory function, satiety and weight loss.
• Aim to add a cup of veggies to lunch and/or dinner every day. Order a side salad when you’re out and munch down on that before eating your main to help increase your nutrient intake and fill you up. Order a vegetable soup in winter for the same effect.
• Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Sip on herbal teas, add lemon and mint to your water bottle — whatever you need to do to up your water intake to keep you hydrated, ward off hunger pains and keep, um, regular.
• Rethink eating anything that comes from a packet. Biscuits, crackers, muesli bars etc all contain huge amounts of added sugar, sodium and preservatives to give them longer shelf life, and contain little benefits for you. Swap these nasties for fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.
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