SIX SIMPLE STEPS TO A HAPPIER HEALTHIER YOU
Improve Your Diet
Your body needs the nutrients from the food you eat to give you energy and to stay strong and vital. If your food offers few nutrients then your organs will not be able to renew their cells and will not function efficiently: you will feel sluggish and succumb to various physical health conditions. A poor diet may also 'clog' up your systems and cause digestive problems. You may become constipated so your body holds onto the toxic waste it was trying to remove so you feel heavy and uncomfortable.
When you are feeling unwell or out of balance you should think of your diet as a prescription and eat as well as you can. Cut out all foods that don't agree with you, reduce your alcohol (or cut it out completely). Eating biscuits, crisps and sweets makes your body work harder to stay in balance so cutting them out reduces the strain. Be realistic and eat less of them if you can't cut them out.
What is a good diet?
Do not be fooled by fads and strict regimes. This is all about good health and nothing to do with trying to lose or gain weight. If you are worried about your weight you will soon find it sorts itself out once you are in physical, emotional and mental balance. Try to eat what is in season. A fresh salad in the summer will keep you cool and calm. A warming vegetable broth in the winter will keep you warm and nourished. It is not complicated.
Seasonal fruit and vegetables are often the cheapest too.
Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Some days you may only manage 1 or 2 and other days you may have 7 or 8. Be realistic and do the best you can until you feel well enough to plan ahead and eat better. Here are some easy tips to get you started: Adding a bag of prepared salad to your usual lunch or evening meal will provide 1 portion and eating an apple with your afternoon cuppa and biscuit will make it 2 portions without much effort. Adding a glass of fruit juice to your breakfast will make 3 portions!!
The 'eat well' plate offers some general guidelines to help you work out your daily intake of each food type but we each have our own individual needs. If you are unsure there is a wealth of information available on-line and at your doctor's surgery.
Try to include a balance of proteins (to help your body maintain itself), carbohydrates (for energy), and fats (to help keep you warm), in your meals. Experiment to find the best eating pattern for your metabolism. Some are best eating small amounts, often, while others find a good breakfast followed by a light lunch and a very light evening meal works for them. Try to reduce your meat intake, which in the West is very high, and try to cut out 'ready meals' which often have a high salt and preservative content.
Finally, try not to cook anything in a microwave.
Microwaves can be a convenient way to heat your food but did you know that they damage the Chi (the natural energy) in your food so you lose many of the health benefits.