A few simple habits can make more of a difference to your wellbeing than you may think when it comes to your diet. This year, make some eating adjustments that will bring a bounce to your step, a glow to your skin and put a smile on your face. Here are 5 healthy eating resolutions that shouldnt be too hard to keep.
1. Essential Fatty Acids
They’re called essential fatty acids for a reason. Getting in plenty of essential fatty acids not only has been linked to preventing depression, but they’re great for a glowing complexion. They’re responsible for the health of your cell membranes, which keep harmful things out and allow beneficial nutrients in. They also support your cells to retain water in a healthy way, making your skin more, soft, plumped out and hydrated. Their anti-inflammatory effect not only protects your skin in cases such as acne and psoriasis, inflammation has also been linked to depression, so EFA’s have been found to protect against depression. For those who don’t eat fish, which is an excellent source of EFA’s, hemp and chia seeds, chlorella, spirulina and walnuts are good sources.
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2. Eat a Rainbow
Bring on the fruit and veggies! A variety of deep colours and many of them. Deeply coloured veggies are packed with nutrition and antioxidants. They’re high in fibre, low in calories and it’s recommended you get in five servings a day, something most people don’t manage to do. Buy seasonal and prepare your own delicious salads and raw or scrumptiously caramelized roast veggies. Chop up some delicious fruit or sprinkle fresh or dried berries into your cereal or yoghurt.
3. Up Your Fibre
Fibre does more than keep your bowels regular, it may help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many cancers. By eating more unprocessed wholefoods and wholegrains you can up your fibre intake naturally. Add some fibre in the form of chia or flax meal to your morning smoothie or have a tasty bowl of oats for breakfast.
The benefits from these tiny seeds are many, being high in fibre, mineral and omega 3 content as well as having a low-carb nutrient density, high levels of protein and anti-oxidants. Mix that with flax which is rich in fibre, protein, and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and this is truly a superfood mix with a powerful health punch.
4. Quit Refined Sugar
Refined sugar in our diets is a major contributor to health issues such as excess weight and depression. Opt for healthier options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Go for low Glycemic sweeteners such as xylitol or erythritol, or enjoy some raw honey or dates. They’re chock full of nourishment instead of the empty calories of refined sugar.
You can slowly wean yourself off sugar, by starting to avoid sugary drinks, processed and canned foods and replacing sugar with alternative sweeteners and healthy snacks of fruit and nuts.
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5. Stay Hydrated
Water is essential in our bodies, as it helps flush our systems of waste and toxins and lubricates all our organ functions. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, low energy, and headaches. When you are well hydrated, you won’t confuse thirst for hunger, which sometimes happens. Drink plenty of pure water.