WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
With so many health claims on every box of cereal, biscuits and cakes on the aisles of our supermarket shelves, it can feel nearly impossible to develop an understanding of what a 'healthy diet' really is. To help clarify the confusion here's what we encourage:
Eat a wide variety of fresh whole foods, of all different colours, and do your best to avoid processed food, sugar, dairy, alcohol and factory farmed animal products.
TEN TIPS TO EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH
- Eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables Eating whole foods like fruits and vegetables is a great way to ensure you're eating food in natural form. Do your best to eat organic foods which are free from pesticides and whenever possible if possible and eat foods that are in season, by buying food products from local farmers.
- Shop on the outskirts of your supermarket That's where the fresh food is found. The healthiest foods don't need to promote their health benefits. If the package is trying to explain how healthy the product is, what are they trying to hide?
- Don't shop on an empty stomach You already knew this one. Everything looks more appealing when your stomach is rumbling which will make it easier to impulse buy those foods you know you shouldn't be eating.
- The latest diet might not be the best one We often make the mistake of assuming that because it's the latest and the greatest, it must be the best diet. The truth is, that great health today is the same as great health a thousand years ago. Seek a wide variety of colourful fresh fruits and vegetables. Steer clear of over-processed and refined foods.
- Not so fast Slow down and chew your food well. This will help kickstart your digestion by ensuring your stomach isn't required to have to break down half an poorly chewed apple. Slow it down, chew it well. Your stomach will thank you.
- Stop eating when you're 80% full Okinawan's have a phrase for this rule. 'Hara Hachi Bu' is a reminder for them to stop eating when they're 80% full. This rule gives allowance to the fact that it takes our brains about 20 minutes to understand that you're no longer hungry.
- Make your meals a social event Rather than looking at your meals as an opportunity to tick the 'to do list' of eating, make the decision to sit down with those you love at least once a day to share a meal and conversation.
- Shop little, shop often If the food lasts too long, it's a sign that it's processed. Natural foods have a natural life expectancy. If you can still eat the food after twelve months, it's highly processed. Shop little, shop often is a great way to ensure you're eating fresh.
- Let's talk ingredients If you don't know the ingredients you should avoid it If the food you're thinking of buying has ingredients you don't recognise, can't pro
- Plan your meals One of the easiest ways to fall into the trap of eating poorly, is opting for fast food because you haven't prepared anything for that evening's meals. Cooking healthy foods in bulk saves your health (and money) by ensuring the fast option is also the healthy one.