New Years Resolution Eh?
Bah humbug mate. As much as you’d like to, you’re not going to lose that stone in a fortnight, and long term alcohol abstinence only works for some of us.
Want some achievable goals instead? Try these, nope you won’t look like a Vogue model overnight but you’ll possibly have a bouncier spring in your step maybe and bound around like one instead:
- Get your 7 a day. Ideally, 2 as fruit, the other 5 as vegetables. Just making this simple step will get you the majority of nutrition you’ll need to get through the day. It’s not as difficult as you’d think: snack on cherry tomatoes, add cauliflower to your mashed potato, add carrot juice to gravy, have mushrooms and courgettes with breakfast. Be adventurous too, many supermarkets are branching out into more interesting vegetables. Buy the chayote first and then figure out what to do with it when you get home.
- Aim for food as un-processed as possible. Lean pork is high in B vitamins and a good source of the minerals zinc, selenium and iron. Cure it with nitrates though, to get bacon, and now your breakfast is a cancer risk. Going for food as close to the farmyard as possible will also reduce dietary levels of salts, sugars and artificial ingredients.
- Don’t avoid fats in the belief they’re bad. They’re not. Although, well some are, obviously. We need essential fats for hormone production and lowering the risk of heart disease. We don’t need trans-fats which increase the risk of heart disease. Try to eat oily fish regularly, dress your salads with virgin, unprocessed oils, and make sure seeds and nuts are a part of your regular diet. If your workplace / school restricts nuts (and who wouldn’t? Keeping sane is hard enough) look to seeds instead.
- Avoid processed grains and go for whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, pasta and brown rice. You might think you won’t like the taste but it’s a case of adjusting your taste buds until you realise that actually you prefer the taste (no, honestly – stick with it…)
- Remain hydrated. Tea doesn’t always have to come with the ability to strip the lining off your teeth. There are many, many more types out there than good old black tea. Try Redbush for a cup of anti-oxidants or liquorice if you have a sweet tooth. Experiment. Avoid artificial flavours, sweeteners, alcohol and high sugar drinks where you can, consider them a treat, not a staple.
Happy 2016 people.
By Saffron Rogerson
03 January 2016