8 Steps to Improve Your Health and Wellbeing
Our resident Nutritionist, Nick Owen gives his guidance in helping you make healthy food choices.
So, after the challenging year we’ve had due to the pandemic, what’s your verdict on your health and fitness?
Some of us will have been pleased with the progress we have made, as we swapped the barbells for a tin of baked beans! But others may be less pleased with our progress. Many studies have shown an increase in inactivity, loneliness, depression and anxiety brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic,
After a strange and difficult time, let’s review and re-boot!
Remember, it is the regular food choices that we make hour by hour, meal by meal, week by week that determine how we look and feel every day. Our body shape, appearance, mental agility, body fat, concentration and physical ability are all a reflection of these regular choices. The same is true with activity – are we consciously active; do we make time in our schedule for exercise, for walking, taking the stairs, regularly getting up from our desk, and moving around both in the day and the evening?
Our diets should be enjoyable, tasty, and predominantly filled with foods we know to be healthy and which we consume in moderation. It is about making healthier choices most of the time – of course, there is room for cheat meals, nights out and drinks in moderation – that is part of a healthy, balanced, and social life.
Chasing this quick fix isn’t the way to go about things, which is why I share below eight steps that I think I think will enable you to adopt a ‘Healthy Consistency’ and will have a far greater successful long term impact on your mental and physical health.
So here are eight tips to help you make the most of this period.
Step 1: Avoid ‘Low-Fat’ and Processed Foods
Step 2: Eat Proper Meals
Step 3: Embrace Variety
Step 4: Don’t Leave Out Food Groups
Step 5: Fruit and Vegetables
Step 6: Plan Your Meals
Step 7: Accept yourself
Step 8: Think Consistently Healthy with a Healthy Consistency
About the author
Nick Owen is a qualified nutritional adviser and holds a Diploma in Non-Medical Nutritional Advice. Nick uses nutrition to support a wide variety of client goals. These include weight management, fat loss and muscle building, general health and well-being, improved energy levels, concentration and complexion.