Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Keeping it simple

North East Times’ health and fitness correspondent Katie Bulmer-Cooke reflects on the foods to avoid and which to embrace to achieve your health goals in 2016.

 

Knowing what to eat, when and how much, is like solving a scientific equation, and making any change to your diet will always be a challenge.

However, as challenging as the first few weeks may be, they will be extremely worthwhile in reclaiming your health and improving your aesthetics.

A poor diet floods the body with toxins, and as a result, body fat increases, energy levels decrease and sleep can be negatively impacted, too.

In a bid to make things less complicated and a lot easier to follow, here are my recommendations for things to consume less of in order to make you slimmer and healthier:

 

Sugar: banning sugar will help avoid energy dips and cravings.

Alcohol: this toxin places great stress on the kidneys and liver as your body tries to detoxify itself. In addition, how many times have you made poor food choices after drinking alcohol?

Processed foods: I believe only food in its most natural form should cross your lips… nothing with ingredients you can’t pronounce, no E numbers, no long-life or pre-cooked! If in doubt, check your labels.

Caffeine: it plays havoc with your body’s energy, which leads to enormous energy fluctuations and, as a result, can create cravings for sugary foods. Caffeine is also a diuretic; dehydrating your cells makes the whole body less efficient.

Processed wheat and gluten: for many people these products are tough to digest or place stress on the digestive system, often leading to bloating and a sluggish feeling. Modern wheat can be heavily processed and can be found in bread, pasta, pastry, cakes and biscuits. Also be aware that wheat and gluten are often used to thicken soups and gravy, so read those labels.

 

OK, so enough of what you should have less of, here are some recommendations to help you become healthier…

Eat when you are hungry: everyone is different; some people feel better eating smaller meals throughout the day while others are more suited to eating three larger meals each day.

Eat foods that are in their most natural form: such as fresh meat, fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables and nuts. Buying frozen vegetables and berries is a great way to save money and avoid waste, too.

Break the mealtime stereotypes: instead of naming your meals breakfast, lunch and tea, name them feed one, feed two and feed three. Aim to have each feed consist of protein and vegetables. For example, a spinach omelette or a chicken breast with mixed vegetables. This applies to feed one, too.

Drink two to three litres of water per day: this can include herbal tea.

The bottom line is that being healthy doesn’t have to be complex. Moreover, it needs to be straightforward and easy to follow if you’re going to be successful. Here’s to not over-complicating it!

 

Katie Bulmer-Cooke is an award winning health and fitness entrepreneur, consultant and speaker (contact Michael@usb-uk.com)
www.katiebulmer.com  |  www.thefitmummymanual.com
@katiebulmer1

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