Healthy Lifestyle Changes
If there are any rules to achieving a Healthy Lifestyle, it is that there are no hard and fast rules.
- Everybody is different and our needs are different.
- For this reason, there is no “magical formula” to better health.
- You can only obtain better health through a process of removing your bad eating and living habits, and a commitment to following the guidelines suggested.
- As you make the recommended changes, you will slowly begin to experience a new YOU.
- Just remember, old habits can take a long time to break, and the speed with which you overcome them, rests with you and the commitment to make changes.
- Best place to start is to eat healthier food, especially organic fruit and vegetables. (We will talk about organics later) and eliminate the worst of your bad habits.
- One of the worst causes in ill health is overeating. This is one of the hardest habits to give up because you are always hungry! Am I right?
- This is because the food you are presently eating possibly does not contain much nutrition. Organic friut and vegetables will help you to overcome lack of nutrition.
Follow the guidelines and you will find that every step forward, every broken bad habit, will be replaced by a positive change in your healthy lifestyle and improvement in the Quality of your Life.
- Do not move around as you eat. If you do, it is hard to know how much you have eaten.You should always try and eat at the same designated place for all meals.
- You should always take 20 minutes or more to eat your meal.
- During your meal, put your knife and fork down and use your serviette to wipe your mouth.This will help you to eat more slowly.
- Chew your food well.
- Brush your teeth after every meal, so you have a fresh taste in your mouth.
- Try to replace your “usual breakfast” with a bowl of fruit.
- Where possible, always use organicaaly grown fruit and vegetables. (See Organic Matter)
- Eliminate snacking on high fat foods – use dried fruits instead.
- Drink only water with your meals.
- Always read food labels and choose food without additives,colourants,preservatives and sugars. If you don’t know what is in your food – don’t eat it.
- If you must eat red meat – try cutting back on the size of your serving and eliminate at least one meal of red meat per week.
- Try to add a vegetarian meal one day per week. That is a meal with no animal protein at all.
- Starches, i.e. grains, potatoes, brown rice, pasta etc should eventuaaly become the main source of your energy and the centre of at least one meal per day.
- Use brown rice instead of white.
- Use wholemeal bread instead of white.
- Use unsalted butter instead of margarine.
- Use only cold pressed oils, i.e. extra virgin olive oil in place of all other oils for salad dressing. Never use oil or butter to fry foods.
- Use raw honey instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners.