As ‘dry January’ ends and fun February begins, it’s important to retain all the good resolutions made at New Year for a healthier body and mind. But with so much choice and so many confusing messages about food, plus relatively little progress in terms of weight loss for some, it is easy to give in to temptation and throw the health goals out the window.
So to re-inspire you to keep those goals going, we’ve teamed up with the guys from local fresh food delivery company FitFodder.com to bring you their top ten tips for maintaining the January goals when it comes to healthier eating and a fitter lifestyle.
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All products are delicious, nutritious and have an excellent provenance as well as farm traceability. They come cool-packed and, once delivered, will keep fresh on desks or doorsteps for up to 48 hours in the packaging. If you would like fresh food delivered to your desk or your doorstep, log on to www.fitfodder.com.
Top 10 Tips For Healthier Living…
1. Planning & Buying
Plan ahead and shop ahead, browse Instagram or foodie websites for inspiration if you’re bored, then make a list and stick to it. Never shop when you’re hungry, you can be triggered to buy all sorts of naughty stuff!
2. Graze Vs Gorge
Never miss a meal, it’s important to eat regularly to keep your metabolism going. Better to graze than gorge if you can eat that way.
3. Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Eat food from every food group – and learn to choose the right kinds of carbs and fat, eating them at optimal times, not cutting them out. Also, get experimenting with ingredients to create your own new favourites.
4. Food = Fun
Make cooking and eating meals fun, because if it’s fun you’re more likely to stick to eating healthily. Prepare meals as a couple, as a family or as a group of friends. Cooking food from fresh ingredients takes slightly more work, so take the ‘more the merrier’ not the ‘too many cooks’ attitude and get chopping & cooking together.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth or have a craving or an energy dip, reach for fruit first and foremost, or swap refined sugars for healthy alternatives like agave, honey or maple syrup, all naturally good and really tasty. We love M&S Manuka honey, or locally harvested honey from a traditional beekeeper is best.
6. It’s A Lifestyle Not A Diet
Never go on a ‘diet’ – make healthy choices, but the word ‘diet’ should be banned!
Watch Fed Up the movie, read inspirational food websites or just educate yourself with some news stories about refined sugar addiction or the toxins in processed foods and get inspired by clean eating chefs and trainers online. We love Jamie Oliver and Joe Wicks @thebodycoach on Instagram.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, but healthy eating has to be teamed with a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise is so important for metabolism and health.
Lack of sleep is detrimental to everything, so ban phones, iPads and tablets as well as laptops and TVs from the bedroom. The light from the screens tricks our brains into thinking daylight is extended and ‘fake awake’ time can destroy key recovery and rest which the body needs. An additional bonus of no phones in the bedroom means that you might make time for that other bed activity beginning with S which is good for the soul as well as the heartrate if you do it right!
10. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy
Finally, if you’re craving something then treat yourself to a little bit, otherwise you’re likely to just eat the lot – or is that just us?!