M.A.D. Your Health - Nutrition

This is the second in a series of M.A.D. Moments based on different areas of your life to inspire you or give you that boost at this time of year.

What does healthy eating mean to you?
  • Do you have a healthy diet?
  • How much water do you drink each day?
  • Do you rely on caffeine to get you going?
  • How often do you drink alcohol?
  • Do you regularly have your five a day?
  • Do you yo-yo diet to lose weight but never keep it off?

Take a look at your diet and think about what you’re actually eating. I don't believe in restrictive, fad diets - they don't work. You may lose weight temporarily but most people quickly put it back on. A balanced, healthy diet is much better at maintaining your weight.

Do you ever read the labels on the food you buy, to see just how much sugar, fat and salt is in the food you eat? Labelling is improving, as we become more health conscious. Beware - low fat foods can contain a lot of sugar, sugar-free foods have added artificial sweeteners and chemical flavouring.

Always buy food that is as fresh and unprocessed as possible. Many labels can be misleading – giving the impression of being fresh, natural and good for you but it doesn't mean they are. Educate yourself about what you’re really eating.

Action:

What difference could you make to your eating habits this week?
  • Start a food diary to monitor what you’re really eating?
  • Drink less tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Cut out biscuits, crisps and snacks.
  • DRINK MORE WATER.
  • Eat your five portions of fruit and veg each day.

See if you feel better after a week of healthier eating. It's not all about cottage cheese and sticks of celery.  Think about the 80/20 rule. Eat healthily 80% of the time and enjoy yourself the other 20%!

Have a great week.
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