Feeling a little wiped out from Christmas and New Year? Read on for my five top tips for re-focusing your eating habits in 2020:
- Try to ignore all the hype telling you to buy into this or that diet, cleanse, or juicing programme. There is very little clinical evidence out there to suggest that any of these fads actually work (believe me, I’ve done the research). You are far better off working on enhancing your body’s natural detoxification system and improving your health by working on improving your sleep. drinking more water & reducing your intake of sugar & processed foods.
- Aim to put more nutrients into your meals by adding extra ingredients that pack a nutritional punch; here’s just a few ideas:
- Grate some fresh ginger and add it to stir fry’s and curries – it’s packed with antioxidants that help fight disease.
- Spinach is abundant in a variety of vitamins and minerals and is great because it’s so versatile. Have it steamed with your egg in the morning, add it to casseroles, curries, bolognaise, mix it with your salad leaves or add it to your pasta dishes.
- Chuck seeds on your porridge, soups and salads – seeds are packed full of omega-3 fatty acids and a range of other bioactive compounds that are great for your health.
3. Change your snacking habits. Snacking is a good way to boost your energy and get extra nutrients into your diet whilst keeping hunger at bay. Forget calorie counting and air-filled snacks like rice cakes and popcorn and instead, go for a handful of nuts or seeds, oatcakes and nut butter, hummus and pitta or veggies, or make yourself some healthy energy balls that you can keep in the fridge. For more ideas and recipes for healthy snacks download my free guide to ‘10 Healthy Snacks You Can Make at Home’.
4. Get into a habit of planning your meals. This is the best way to make sure that you are eating in a way that honours your health and well-being and prevents you from ordering a takeaway or reaching for less nutritious food. Planning meals does not have to take long! All you need to know is what you are going to eat 24 hours in advance, so you have time to shop and prepare it. For help with this, take a look at my course: Nutritionally Balanced Meals Made Simple.
5. If, like me, you are looking to support your immune system and clear your liver during the winter months and following holiday indulgences, then I’m publishing my ‘Revitalise’ eating plan and recipes over in The Mindful Cook Recipe Share group on Facebook. It’s free to join so pop over and take a look.
Do you have any tips to add? Here’s to a happy and healthy 2020!
This feature was published in Muddy Stilettos, January 2020.