Here at Naturist Cleaners we understand how hard it can be to commit to eating healthy so, we decided to list our top ten clean eating tips that might just help you stay on track!
Drink more water
This may seem like an obvious one that gets rambled on about a lot, but seriously water makes up around 60% of your body! Water helps maintain the balance of your body fluids and their functions such as digestion, circulation and the transportation of nutrients! The NHS recommends that you aim to drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water a day.
Add honey to your diet
It is well known that honey is a great additive to your diet in moderation! Honey is a sweet, soothing syrup that can be added to a variety of different foods! With Anti-Microbial properties and heeling wonders, this nectar of the gods is also thought to decrease your chances of developing heart disease.
We highly recommend BuzzyBlends honey and their variety of flavours are to die for! From Blackcurrant, Sea Buckthorn and Peppermint you’re sure to find one that you’ll love in your porridge every morning!
Double up on fruits
Did you know adding just one extra portion to your fruits or vegetables a day will make it so much easier to get your five a day? Choose fruits and vegetables you know you enjoy and stick to these! Adding a variety will mean you’re more likely to stick to eating them rather than reaching for those unhealthy snacks at the back of the cupboard!
Rethink your snacks
It’s also important to remember that although you may be snacking on small amounts of sweet treats throughout the day, these can all add up. Try swapping your snacks for things that contain healthy nutrients instead, things such as Protein. There are several healthy options available at your local supermarket such as, fruits, nuts and vegetables or bee pollen reach in protein and healthy nutrients.
Eat a bigger, healthier breakfast
We know that breakfast is probably the most skipped meal ever. It is important though to get as much energy and nutrients as possible into this first meal of the day to keep you going! A big breakfast filled with fibre and protein is the best way to get your body ready for the day ahead!
Choose fibre and protein rich foods
Many people get put off when we talk about fibre and protein when it comes to food. It sounds confusing but much of the food we all eat on a daily basis contains these two important ingredients. Fibre rich foods include things such as, Oatmeal, Peanuts, Spinach and even Oranges. For protein turn your attention to things like Eggs, Salmon, Peanut Butter, Yogurt and Cottage Cheese. All of these foods plus a multitude of others will keep you going throughout the day and keep you away from the unhealthy options you’d love to reach for!
Only eat when you’re hungry
Eating out of boredom will sound very familiar to a lot of you and we know because we do it too! It can be so easy to find your head stuck in the fridge when you’ve got nothing else to do! Meal planning is a great way to keep yourself on track and you’ll know when your next meal is coming, this way you’re more likely to stick to those meal times and not wander into the back of the cupboard to fish out those biscuits!
Cook at home
We know cooking at home can be a bit of a chore, but it can also be fun! Cooking one of your favourite dishes from scratch can actually not only be healthier for you, but cheaper and a lot of fun for the whole family! Research the recipe for your favourite take-away dish and give it a go! You might even find that you prefer your own version along the way.
Eat more fish
Fish and shellfish are an amazing source of both vitamins and minerals. Specifically, oily fish such as Sardines and Salmon are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are great at helping us to keep not only our hearts but our brains healthy too! Our bodies don’t naturally produce Omega-3 fatty acids so it is important that we get them through the food we eat.
Eat less salt
You’d be surprised how much salt is included in a lot of the foods we buy from the supermarkets. Especially canned, processed and frozen foods are often loaded with added salt. However, all food packaging shows the salt content and it’s important you pay attention to these labels and opt for lower-sodium products where possible. Having too much salt in your diet can cause a range of health problems such as bloating, high blood pressure and it makes you thirsty. Through raised blood pressure, your heart is then put under more strain and you’re at a higher risk of suffering from a heart attack, a stroke and even kidney disease.