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What Does Healthy Eating Mean?

Healthy eating, is a subject that is talked about and lots of people associate healthy eating in different ways, but what does it mean?

The NHS UK website indicates that

Healthy eating means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body. weight.

This message is a good one. I do think though that you should eat more than 5 pieces of fruits and vegetables per day and to cut out consuming lots of dairy products and wheat/gluten from your diet.

The Nutrition.org website indicates that

A healthy diet should provide us with the right amount of energy (calories or kilojoules), from foods and drinks to maintain energy balance. Energy balance is where the calories taken in from the diet are equal to the calories used by the body. We need these calories to carry out everyday tasks such as walking and moving about, but also for all the functions of the body we may not even think about. Processes like breathing, pumping blood around the body and thinking also require calories.

It is true that calories in your diet play a role in giving you the energy you need throughout the day but not all calories are the same and it is important to pay attention to which foods you are eating to get those calories.

There can be conflicting advice, lots of diet crazes around or nutritional studies carried out.

Too much information can be misleading and confusing with information overload.

So here are some simple facts you can follow to avoid a lot of confusion. These can help to make a difference to your health and wellbeing and how you look and feel inside and out.

KEEP IT SIMPLE AND CHOOSE FRESH

keep it simple and eat mainly fresh food. This means food that will go off within a few days or so, either in the fridge or stored elsewhere. Eat only unprocessed foods, cook your food in a way that will preserve as many nutrients as possible. Eat foods that are in season. This way, they will taste better and will be cheaper. This will give you a variety of foods to choose from and this is how it should be to always eat foods in season.

HEALTH FOODS ARE NOT ALWAYS HEALTHY

The food industry thrives on fads and food trends, and it often sells food products using very clever marketing. There are various rules and regulations in place to try to limit what can be written on food packaging. Many foods are sold with packaging to attract your attention, they could contain many health claims and presented in very attractive ways. Though inside, what you find is a product that is not at all a healthy food.

Be more aware of packaged foods. If you can be wary of a packaged food and one to pay lots of attention to before you buy it, then this is a great start. Whether or not the packaging claims that it is healthy or natural or good for you, has added vitamins or other nutritional benefits or that it is low in calories. These claims do not actually make it a healthy food to eat.

Healthy food is fresh and alive and anything in a package tends to have a very long shelf life. The logistics of dealing with products that have a long shelf life is easier and more practical for big shops like supermarkets – but it does often mean that the products are full of preservatives and may contain many other artificial ingredients too. So, please read the label and understand what is actually in the product. If it needs to have a label, it is often a sign that it is no longer very natural.

BE WARY OF SUBSTITUTES

A vegetarian diet can be very healthy and good for you and suits some people really well. But by replacing farmed, organic and good quality meat or chicken for packaged vegetable burgers or processed vegetarian sausages is not always a good solution. By replacing meat with a vegetable alternative, you would need to take a look at what is available and what it contains for it to be a good option.

Some meat substitute products can be heavily processed and rarely contain any good ingredients at all. They might also contain soy products which are not very good for your health and can have a big impact on your health and weight.

If you want to eat a diet lower in animal protein or without any animal protein, eat only really high quality animal protein and replace any animal protein with organic vegetables, healthy and unprocessed vegetarian sources of protein and lots of healthy fats from ingredients such as avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil etc. Do make sure to get enough vegetarian proteins with minimal processed alternatives. Try to add in more natural and fresh ingredients and make your own burgers to taste delicious.

SUMMARY

Ok so let’s sum up what healthy eating looks like.

  • Healthy eating is eating a wide variety of foods to provide you with enough energy throughout the day.
  • Keep it simple and fresh
  • Health Foods are not always healthy
  • Be aware of food substitutes

Ideally, we should eat more like our grandparents used to eat – no fad diets, just real food, eaten seasonally from a sustainable source, in the right quantities.

A better way is a natural and balanced diet.  Focus on filling your fridge with natural and fresh food and eat three balanced meals every day – a bit of protein, some healthy fat and some fresh carbohydrate ideally in the shape of vegetables and fruit and you can be quite sure to fill your body with what it needs.

Always focus on quality over quantity as the quality of your ingredients can make a big difference, rather than adding exotic ingredients or expensive supplements.  Unless these are recommended from a specialist you trust.  Supplements do have their place, just not any supplement and at any cost.

We can often make things more complicated for ourselves (I know that I did) but really, when it comes to eating a healthy diet, by keeping it simple is usually better.

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Is It Hard Or Easy To Eat Healthy?

We all know that we should eat healthily, but knowing that and doing it can be the hardest part.

You may think you eat healthy but you may be surprised to know that you may not be.

A few years ago, I thought that I was eating healthy but it turned out that I was not really. The more I learned about my perimenopause journey and how food was affecting my health and digestion the more I realised I had to make some more changes for the better.

Can you change how you view food and how you think about food?

Yes you can!

I don’t believe we should deprive ourselves of the foods we love to eat, even if they are a bit unhealthy!

If you eat healthy 80 or 90% of the time, you can relax and eat the not so healthy foods that you want to eat.

You can go out to a restaurant and eat what you want or go to a function and relax around food.

The focus should be on thinking about food in a different way.

Think more about food as nourishment, rather than food feeding your appetite.

Supermarkets are very clever about placing unhealthy food in a way to attract your attention.

They will even put smells into the air of bread and chocolate to try and get you to buy them.

When you eat for good health, you will have better digestion, feel great, have more energy and better sleep.

There is always a choice about how you view and eat food.

You can change what you think about food and change your food choices.

I did it because I was a sugar junkie in my 20’s and 30’s.

I changed from drinking tea with milk and sugar to drinking tea on its own.

If I eat a milk chocolate bar, it is far too sweet for me and I don’t enjoy it.

You can change the way food tastes and you will crave more healthy food.

Food will either make you feel good or make you feel bad.

Before you eat food, ask the question

“will this food make me feel good or bad?”

“will it benefit my health?”

What can be stopping you from eating healthy?

You can be eating foods to feed your emotions or lack of something in your life.

Start asking yourself why you eat this way.

Take the steps to find out why.

I put my Hormone Reset together to help and support you to eat healthy.

I will teach you how you can eat for good health so that you can look good and feel good inside and out.

I am no longer a sugar junkie now.

What would it mean to you, to be able to get through your day without feeling tired, fed up, irritable, crave unhealthy foods, have digestion issues or sleep badly.

Come along and join my Hormone Reset and see how your life can change with my help and support.

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STEP 1 – NUTRITION

This one is so important because if you are not fuelling your body right during this phase, your symptoms can go through the roof!

I will share with you all the foods that are so beneficial and the ones that can cause all the problems

There is so much information around about food and nutrients that can be so confusing

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We all know that exercise is important but the type of exercise is important too because the wrong type of exercise can also create more symptoms

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STEP 3 – SELF CARE

I will share with you how to set up your day right, what can be draining your energy, how you can reduce your anxiety and put yourself first with my mindset rituals and ways to take better care of yourself and reduce stress because stress can create the problems with the 4 hormones that I will explain about at the beginning of the Masterclass

STEP 4 – TOXINS

I will share with you what they are and where they come from and how to eliminate them from your life and your body.  Toxins can be creating so many issues with your hormone health so when you start to get rid of them, your body can begin to regulate itself again

STEP 5 – SLEEP

Good quality sleep can be so hard to obtain during this phase.  I will teach you how you can get more sleep, better quality sleep and what the main issues are that stop you from getting a good nights sleep

THE END RESULT

You will feel empowered and more in control of yourself and your body.

Know what foods to eat and avoid for your hormone balance and weight maintenance.  It doesn’t involve complicated diets to follow or deprivation either.  You can still eat your favourite foods.

Have more connection with yourself and your self care.

Have more energy and zest for life.

Experience better relationships with yourself, your friends, family and colleagues.

Have more confidence.

You will continue to follow what you have learned and know how to be consistent and create a life you love and enjoy.  

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