Let’s go back to basics. Let’s not get bogged down by all the “shoulds” and the superfoods, the latest studies showing that coffee is good for you, no wait bad for you, no wait good for you, and instead just focus on the very rudimental, elementary steps of eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m talking about basics of food and ingredient choices, food preparation methods, and general every day healthy living habits. Eating healthy, leading a healthy lifestyle and making healthy changes doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it will be (no matter how far along the journey you are), but there’s lots of ways to make it easier and lots of ways to set yourself up for success to eliminate setbacks and keep on track.
- Good quality – This doesn’t mean organic necessarily, but always strive for high quality foods. Higher quality is typically synonymous with higher nutrient content. Much of the nutrients we require actually get their basis from the soil that the foods is grown in – soil that is rich in nutrients yields food that is rich in nutrients.
- Alive, whole foods, in their most natural form – Food that is not packaged or preserved (unless it is fermented), and that will go bad if not eaten within a certain amount of time. This shows the food is full of enzymes and nutrients.
- Variety – Add variety to your diet. Doing so means you will be more likely to get all your vitamins and minerals, as different foods offer different nutrient profiles. Eating the same thing all the time may mean you are not getting a full nutritional overhaul in your diet. Furthermore, certain vitamins and minerals require the presence of other ones to be absorbed. Eating lots of different foods will ensure you have everything you need to absorb all your vitamins and minerals. If you want to take it a step further, aim for lots of different coloured foods, as these have different antioxidants which your body needs to fight free radicals and stay healthy.
- In season – Where possible, consume foods that are in season. In season foods are the ones that have had the best chance of proper, natural (not chemical) development, and this means they will be most likely to contain all the vitamins and minerals they are supposed to. When foods are eaten out of season (i.e. imported), the nutrient profile suffers because of the transport, chemical ripening that has likely occurred and lack of nutrients in the soil due to mass production.
- Prepare – Prepare yourself for healthy eating success. This may mean meal prep, it may mean in your grocery shopping, or it may just mean planning your meals ahead for the day. Whatever the case, find what works for you and be on top of it all the time!
To help you out and to set you up for success in terms of food and eating clean, I’ve prepared this Clean Eating Grocery Guide! Save it and use it as you’re getting on track with your health, or just use it as a reference for later when you need some clean eating inspiration!
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What about fitness? It’s true that fitness is an incredibly important component about healthy living. The key to finding success in your fitness is finding something you love. Something you will do consistently because you want to and you enjoy it, not simply because you have to. Try out some different exercise options to help you determine which one you like best. Here’s some to get you started, as well as some other motivation tips:
- How to Start Running
- Running: Base Training
- Resources for Runners
- Jump Rope Tabata Workout
- 30 Minute (No Equipment) HIIT
- What’s Your Why?
- How to go Solo: Tips and Tricks for Working out Alone
There are a whole host of tips and habits that many people swear by in terms of being their healthiest self, including everything from not eating after 8pm to drinking hot lemon water to oil pulling. The trick is though, you have to find the ones that work for you and yield you results. You will get overwhelmed and discouraged if you try to do it all, so you have to play around and pick and choose. For example, I eat after 8 pm (a lot), but given that it’s usually a healthy choice, haven’t noticed it to have a negative effect on me. I do however, find a great positive affect from consuming a glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning, and using coconut oil on my skin. Be your own experiment and find the ones that work for you and then forget about the rest. Trust me there’s lots of “must do” health tips that I don’t follow, and probably never will – and that’s totally okay!
Start this week off armed with this new information and your new clean eating guide to help you get on track. Need some help? Just send me an email or connect on social media!