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EAT YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Controlling your weight especially you get older is very important to maintaining your overall health. Being at a stable suitable weight for your age and height will go towards preventing diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease type 2 diabetes and stress related illnesses.

It is therefore important to follow a healthy diet that will help you achieve this.

This has been outlined in many articles I have written over the months but I thought it was worth going over a few key points:

What you eat on a regular basis also greatly affects your mood, energy levels and overall health so you can really help yourself by making the right food choices, so...

Avoid processed foods such as ready meals, cakes and biscuits as these are laden with sugars, fats and salt and will cause the body to gain fat, especially round the internal organs, which may then cause them to start to malfunction. The problem with such foods is that they are addictive and so avoiding them or greatly reducing them in your daily diet is highly recommended.

Drink alcohol and caffeine in moderation rather than it being a regular part of the diet.

Treat chocolate as a treat rather than, again, being a regular part of your daily diet.

Eat whole foods which are rich in fibre and nutrients – foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta and rice. Choose these in preference to their white versions which are refined and devoid of any goodness and will cause you to crave more food rather than satisfy your appetite.

Always eat breakfast – porridge or eggs on wholegrain toast – as this really does set you up for the day and will start to build your energy levels from the beginning of the day.

Eat every 2-3 hours to keep your energy levels tipped up – nuts and fruit are ideal snacks for in between meals.

Drink water throughout the day – the body is made up of approximately 60% water and if this is not replenished regularly, bodily systems such as digestion may start to suffer.

Eat fish in preference to red meat as a form of protein as this is much lower in fat and full of nutrients.

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