Keeping your health in check requires more than a few visits to the chiropractor. Maintaining a healthy diet, rich in the right fats and nutrients is important to ensuring your overall health remains stable.
Here are five easy diet tips to keep your health on track:
Hydrate with WATER
Our bodies are comprised of approximately 60% water, so it is not a surprise that drinking water is good for our health. Every day we need to replace almost 2.5 litres of water through liquids and foods. The easiest and most healthy way to do this is by drinking water regularly. By drinking only water you can cut out sugary soft drinks and juices that play havoc on your brain and body, as well as maintain your optimum water intake.
Vegetables are your friend
Vegetables are low calorie foods which are naturally filled with important nutrients and fibres that we need in everyday life. Eating lots of vegetables will not only fill you up, but it will allow you to lose or maintain weight without feeling hungry. Filling your diet with vegetables and proteins will help you need fewer snacks and feel healthy and energetic.
Pack in the protein
A lack of protein in your diet can cause you to feel hungry and even lethargic. Rather than opting for a vegetable only salad, add tuna or some fresh boiled eggs to get the protein you are lacking. Eating lean meats will ensure that you keep your fat intake low but your protein intake at a healthy and rewarding level.
Reduce your added sugar intake
Foods that are high in added refined sugar have a negative impact on your weight, moods and overall health. Replace lollies, chocolates and cakes with natural alternatives such as fresh fruit or even savoury snacks like carrots and hummus. Fruit contains lots of natural sweetness as well as digestive fibres and nutrients that your body needs – that mouth-watering pink iced donut may taste delicious but offers you almost no nutritional value. Keeping your added sugar intake below 40g/day is recommended and will assist you in keeping weight away as well as improving your overall health.
Look out for hidden nasties
One major issue with eating healthy in today’s market is the strong influence of branding, packaging and wording. Just because something says it is fat-free doesn’t mean it is the healthy option. Educate yourself on the difference between true health foods and those labelled as such. A low-fat yoghurt may have twice as much sugar as its full fat counterpart, making them as bad as each other. Ensure you are aware of what you are eating rather than blindly following labelling tricks.