Local naturopath Olwen Anderson.
Local naturopath Olwen Anderson.

Healthy eating is not about giving up

WHEN you hear the term 'eat healthier', what do you imagine?

Some people visualise grimly munching through mounds of raw vegetables and fruit, rather like rabbit feed. Or imagine that they must give up eating meat, or anything cooked. Some people believe that healthy eating involves completely giving up all the treats they enjoy so much, like coffee, chocolate, and eating out.

The recurring theme here is feeling deprived - never, ever being able to enjoy a treat. So many people never even attempt to change their diet, figuring that they'll never be able to do it 'right', so why even try?

Here's some good news: You don't have to give up the foods you love forever. In fact, by making a few small changes to your diet you can make a big difference to your health. Here are some easy ways to start that will have a big positive impact on how you feel.

• Base one of your main meals every day on a large raw salad, with some protein. Barbeques are an easy way to throw together a fast and healthy main meal like this.

By changing just one meal a day, you've changed about one third of your diet.

• Every morning before breakfast, put two to four pieces of fresh fruit out on the kitchen bench. Now decide how you're going to fit in eating them during the day. This will boost your fibre intake, and supply vital minerals.

• While you're in the kitchen, fill up a water bottle with one to two litres of water. Gradually drink the contents during the day. Now wastes are being removed from your body even more efficiently.

• Always enjoy some protein with your breakfast. Eggs are ideal. This will help keep your energies high all day.

These are all easy, positive changes you can make for your health right now, and you'll feel the difference within a few weeks, especially with added energy to get through your busy day.

Now you can feel virtuous when you enjoy your occasional treat, knowing that you're doing the 'right' thing most of the time!



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