12. Eat Healthy
All these tips on creating healthy habits to boost your mind, body and soul will be futile if your diet is high in processed foods and junk, fast food choices. Clean eating and good nutrition are essential to help boost your overall wellbeing.
Here are some simple healthy eating tips to get you started:
- Rethink your breakfast. If you are still eating a grain-heavy, sugar-filled breakfast it’s time for a change. Breakfasts made up of bread, toast, croissants, pancakes and cereal are among the worst choices to start the day. Breakfasts like this, high in refined sugars, set your day up for blood sugar spikes, energy level slumps and problems concentrating and focusing throughout the day. Starting the day with a breakfast that includes protein and/or healthy fats will promote the steady release of glucose into your blood stream. This will give you stable energy levels throughout the day with a much better ability to stay focused as well as reducing your need and craving for snacks in between meals. Examples of a healthy breakfast include eggs (here is a recipe for a delicious breakfast omelette), smoked salmon, yoghurt with nuts, seeds and berries, smashed avocado on toast.
- Eat more healthy fats. Feel confident to include healthy fats into your daily meal plans like butter, eggs, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, goose fat and nuts and seeds. The Mediterranean Diet consistently tops the list of the healthiest diets in the world and it is a diet high in olive oil and many other saturated fats. After decades of indoctrination about fats being the villain in cardiovascular disease, many people are still finding it difficult to understand not only that healthy fats are not implicated in heart disease but also that they do not make us fat.
- Replace sweetened drinks (including those sweetened with artificial sweeteners) with plenty of pure, clean water.
- Aim to include more fruit and vegetables in your daily meals. Here are 25 tips to help you increase your fruit and veg intake.
- Add some protein to each meal. Including protein with each meal is a great way of keeping your blood glucose levels stable, particularly important for diabetics. Protein is essential for the body to stay healthy so look to include lean meat, fish and chicken in your diet. Protein is also present in legumes and nuts.
- Look for colour and variety when choosing fruits and vegetables. This will ensure you are getting a wide selection of different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants.
Following these steps will help you to maintain a healthy diet that can enhance your mind, body and soul.