“Real food doesn’t HAVE ingredients. Real food IS ingredients” – Jamie Oliver
Every time you eat anything, it’s another occasion to increase your body’s nutrients. Nowadays a lot of what we consume has been treated and lacks the oh-so-important nutrition our body needs. What we eat affects the health of our body and mind. Healthy eating doesn’t just mean salad and zero calories. Healthy eating means consuming the right calories, and knowing what you put into your mouth. It means eating ingredients in its purest form and consuming foods from all different food groups.
“So no dessert?” Of course you can! We all deserve a piece of pie or a mouthwatering slice of chocolate cake now and then. Heck, we can’t be perfect all the time! A sweet treat can be eaten occasionally or kept for a special occasion. As long as it’s in addition to a balanced diet.
Food is essential to our life and well-being. It doesn’t just keep us in good physical shape, but in every culture meals brings people together. So next time, why not invite your loved ones over for a delicious, healthy and balanced meal made by you?
Here are 10 tips by food-guru Jamie Oliver on healthy eating and living!
1. Stay Balanced
Listen to your body and to what it needs. If you eat something from every food group in the right quantities, your diet will be a lot more balanced. This might even result in you eating less often or consuming smaller portions, because you won’t have as many cravings. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!
2. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drinking at least two liters of water a day is a definite must for a healthy body. Obviously you can have tea as well and occasionally a glass of that delicious pineapple juice. Try to stay away from the extra sugary juices and soft drinks. They’re not good for you and quickly add up in calories. Water should be your go-to boisson.
3. Mix It Up!
It’s not just leafy greens that are good for you. As a matter of fact, you should eat fruits and veggies in every color to get the most out of your diet and get a good variety of all different nutrients. Make sure to mix them up with a large variety of fish, meat, nuts, grains, grains, eggs and dairy.
Do you classify as a “couch potato”? Then get up right now and get yourself an activity tracker to help you stay active! You don’t need to run a marathon every day to stay fit, but come on… we all know an active lifestyle contributes to a healthy life. And as they say these days: Walking is the new running. You can do it too.
5. Have Breakfast
Running out of the door every morning to be on time for work? That probably means you skip breakfast to save time. Are we right? Gotcha! Just remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It starts up your metabolism in the morning and keeps you full longer. So if you have no time, then make time.
6. Get Enough Shut-eye
We often underestimate the importance and benefits of sleep. By sleeping we repair our bodies overnight and the next they are able to focus and feel better. Unfortunately, we don’t get enough of it. Try to prioritize your sleep and create a better sleeping pattern. You’ll soon see that enough sleep has multiple positive effects for a healthy life!
7. Know What You Eat
Don’t just buy food and eat it. Know what’s inside your meals and whether it’s good for you or not. Food continues to be a hot topic and is interesting to know more about! So if you go to the store, don’t just buy anything, but make well-informed decisions about what goes into that shopping cart. Read, ask questions, and learn.
8. Eat Only Good Calories
Avocado, salmon and nuts may have a high caloric content, but the calories in them are the good ones and each of these are chock full of nutrients that are essential for a healthy body. When you choose to eat food with more calories, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s bad for you. Just know what’s worth it and what’s not.
9. You Are What You Eat
… so read the ingredients on jars, cans and packages. There’s a reason it’s written so small! Understand what your put into your body and know what fancy sounding words actually mean. When shopping, buy as many fresh products as possible. This way you are sure that it doesn’t contain any added contents like jars and packages do.
10. Cook Yourself As Often As Possible
If you have time to cook yourself: DO IT. Use fresh ingredients and make as much from scratch as you can. This way you’ll know exactly what your meal contains. Do you and your friends eat out once a week? Invite them over to your place for dinner. There are countless recipes online that can guide you, even if you’re not a kitchen king/queen.