Sometimes it’s the small changes which can make the biggest difference. I know this may seem hard to believe, but some of the most profound long term changes have started with what seemed small at the time.
I want to outline six examples of some small steps which I hope will help kick start a healthier lifestyle.
1. Discover a new vegetable
I know what you must be thinking…. discover a new vegetable – I don’t even like the ones I already know! It is true, however, that vegetables are one of the best sources of micronutrients and that your body can’t get enough of them. By trying a new vegetable, you are taking that one small step to optimal nutrition.
2. Keep at least one meal per week meat free
Make a conscious decision to completely exclude meat from one of your main meals during the week. This may seem like a small step, but remember that our diet should be based predominantly on fruit, vegetable and legumes in order to achieve optimal digestive health.
3. Cut out the soft drink… at least for one day
It continuing the theme of taking small steps, consider cutting out soft drinks for one day of the week. This includes any time of soft drink, whether it be full strength coca cola, diet soft drink or even mineral water. Try substituting soft drinks with water and herbal teas.
4. Prepare a nutritious snack and ditch the junk food
If you are prone to snacking on junk food, then this small step speaks to you directly! Healthy snacks to consider packing include all types of fruit, nuts and seeds and even cheese. Much better to have pre-prepared healthy snacks than to indulge in impulse binge eating courtesy of the vending machine!
5. Eat protein with breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start it off as best as you can. Eating protein will help to stabilise blood sugar levels and keep you burning energy at a steady rate all day. Think healthy protein sources such as LSA mix, avocado and eggs.
6. Try fish at least once a week
If you’re a big meat eater, consider making a switch to fish. Fish is full of beneficial healthy fatty oils, and this has been shown to lower cholesterol and improve overall well being.
Sometimes its the small changes that can make all the difference. Conscious eating is about being aware of what you are eating and how it affects your health. Once we become engrained in a certain way of living, these habits can become very hard to break. Try out these small steps which hopefully can help you to obtain optimal digestive health.