7 tips for healthy eating by Zoey Lapinsky

These days we're bombarded by many different healthy eating fads, and it's hard to know which one to follow. Our advice is to create an overall vision for a disease free, healthy and energised life - make a long term commitment to a lifestyle that embodies health and use these tips as guidelines to get you there.

Find balance

Ever heard the phrase too much of a good thing is bad? That's because it is. So whether you're eating too many sweets, too many carbohydrates, a protein only diet or 5kg's of carrots a day, an extremist approach isn't going to give you health, vitality and longevity. Each food group provides a part of what's needed for vibrant health. So mix your colours and food groups.

Downsize

Just because the sign reads All you can eat, doesn't mean it's a good idea. In a world of supersizing it's easy to overload our plates ' even if it's with nutrient rich food. Feeling tired or sick or having a sore stomach after a meal, is a sign you've had too much. If you've stopped noticing when you've had enough, it's time to start paying attention and re-educate your body. Find out what works best for you, it could be several small meals with a healthy snack (like a fruit or nuts) in between, or fewer, slightly larger meals, with no snacks.

Go for nutrient density

Foods can be full of nutrition and flavour or they can be full of fillers and chemicals. Our stomachs wait to feel full before sending a message to our brain that we've had enough. It takes significantly longer for the stomach to send that message when we're eating highly processed nutrient poor foods that stimulate our reward and feel good brain centres but don't satisfy nutritional needs. We get hungrier faster, crave high sugar, 'quick fix' foods and don't notice when we overeat.  

Choose smart sugars

'Sugar craves sugar' and it's everywhere. It's in our sweet treats ' where we'd expect to find it, and it's also disguised in healthy foods. It's in cereals, sauces, bastings, salad dressings, fast-food 'slap' chips, tinned and often frozen foods. Our reward centres get bombarded by additives that keep us buying more. We easily eat more than 10 times the recommended daily allowance.  As a general rule sugars in their natural state, (think whole fruits, like apples) are good, easy to digest and promote blood stability. They come packaged by nature with fibre and nutrients that automatically stabilise our blood sugar. Moderation is key though. Natural options shouldn't be overdosed either.

Energise your afternoon

Most people usually experience an energy slump from 1pm to 4pm in the afternoon. Commonly we'll have a coffee and something like a muffin. But this doesn't last long and sets up a craving for something else soon after. Nutrient rich foods including whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, means more energy that is sustained throughout the day.

Check your emotions

Containing emotion is one of the biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to food. Whether it's an emotion we're trying to prolong, or one we're trying to stifle. We eat to cope. Making a healthy diet into a lifestyle means making longevity a priority. Instead of living a life based on in instant gratification; give yourself a reason to create a bigger picture. Allow your long term health (your bigger picture) to serve your now, rather than living in a series of disconnected now's. Notice when you are eating from an emotional need rather than a need for nutrition. Have a glass of water instead and let that emotion or feeling pass by without feeding it.

Plan Ahead

To make it work, plan ahead. This might mean shopping for your weekly healthy meals and snacks for a week in advance; making food preparation a fun family event; reading labels and knowing which brands are the healthy one's or finding reliable sources online. There are a myriad of ways you can change your routine to promote your health. Ordering your basic groceries online is a great timesaver too.

Zoey Lapinsky is a yoga teacher, craniosacral fascial therapist and issue resolution consultant. For more information visit www.resetmeforlife.com

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