4 Ways To Kickstart A Healthy Eating Habit

The sun has finally got his hat on again and we are all starting to feel human once more. What a perfect time to clear out the pantry and refresh your eating habits! These four tips will keep your body functioning at the highest level it should be (and you don’t have to restrict yourself to do it).

Hydration

Water, water, water. We hear about this so often that it’s easy to forget to do it! If you are one of those eople who just doesn’t find a glass of water alluring, try adding lemon slices or mint. If you still can’t stand that, just promise to always have a glass of water before any other drink you have. Drinking enough water is essential for healthy digestive system function, and helps to keep everything moving along as it should. Eliminate waste and toxins from the body efficiently with 1.5 to 2 litres per day, or more if you exercise regularly.

Mindful eating

How many times this week have you shovelled in a sandwich while typing a report and whatsapping your best mate? Guilty! How you eat your food is super important for healthy gut function. Eat slowly, stop eating when you feel full, and avoid eating just before bedtime. Digestion requires a lot of energy, so take small bites, chew until your food is mush, then swallow completely before taking another bite – your digestive system will thank you for a load off!

Go for complex carbohydrates

Dump the white bread and pasta and replace it with the wholegrain alternative. The sugar in that white bread that is oh so addictive wreaks havoc on our gut lining, and can be a major contributor to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut. Bloating and digestive issues ahoy! Complex carbohydrates also have a bonus side effect – they keep you fuller for longer, so you won’t be feeling faint by eleven.

Fibre

Remember your mum always forcing Weetabix on you as a kid? There was a reason for it beyond trying to wean you off the sugary cereals of old (Coco Pops, anyone?). Fibre can help your GI tract stay ‘regular’, stabilise blood sugar levels, enhance healthy bowel function, prevent constipation, reduce cholesterol, support cardiovascular health, and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Wow. All this for adding just a few buts of fruit, vegetables, legumes, beans, pulses, and whole grains to your diet.

Interested in kickstarting a healthy eating habit this year? Talk to Sophie Higgins, our in-house nutritional expert, at info@morefit.co.uk!

4 Simple Cures For The Winter Blues

Winter making you woeful? You are not the only person who can’t remember when it wasn’t dark in the mornings. These five essential tips will help you to get out of that winter slump just in time for spring

  1. Eat carbs and fish.

Ever wonder why all you want to do in winter is hide away and eat pizza? It’s because carbohydrates promote the production of serotonin in our brains (the happy hormone)! If you find you are craving carbs, go for it – just remember to gorge on the good stuff. Popcorn, pretzels and potatoes are all great sources of carbohydrates to boost your mood. If you’re finding you’ve eating three bags of popcorn, seven baked potatoes and still fancy some pretzels, it may be that you need more protein – found in oily fish!

  1. Go outside

For the most part, the sluggish feeling you get around wintertime is down to lack of sunlight. If you can, get out in the sunlight for at least twenty minutes a day. Yes, I know that London is not the sunniest place in the world. But those twenty minutes will boost your vitamin D significantly and remind you that you are not actually living in Middle Earth. Spring is coming!

  1. Yoga

You knew it was coming, right? Yoga and exercise in general will boost your energy, mood and keep you sane (no guarantee but I’m pretty confident). Exercise causes changes in your brain chemistry which elevate your mood – and that’s not even counting the amazing self-esteem, pride and ability to overcome obstacles that comes with nailing a good asana.

  1. Do something just for you each day

As in, not for anybody else. Not even remotely related to another human being’s interests or needs. Sounds easy, but can be quite hard (especially if you are the lovely person I know you are). Dance. Sing. Watch TV. Eat a Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bar (drool). Whatever it is, just make sure it is what you want.