Following these tips 90% of the time allows for 10% of guilt free naughtiness, helping you lead a 100% healthy happy life.
‘’you can change your life
at any given moment.
Never forget that’’
Water and fluid intake is so underestimated, but it is the one thing that can make a real difference to your energy levels, fatigue and your weight.
It is so easy to go hours without having a drink and even mild dehydration can reduce energy levels and make you feel tired and lethargic, as well as be a cause of headaches and constipation.
Drinking plenty throughout the day will also help you manage cravings and regulate your appetite reducing your risk of eating too much!
Before we get going, I have to say the most important thing is that you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, whether they are organic or not. Fruit and vegetables provide fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are all so important for good health and well-being, and eating any is better than none at all.
However, if you really want to feel your best and be at optimum health, as well as know exactly what goes into your food, organic may be the way to go. If you already eat a good diet with plenty of the right foods and still lack energy and suffer from fatigue it may also be worth swapping to organic.
Organic versus non-organic: A few facts:
- Eating foods produced organically means you are getting a higher percentage of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants essential for good health and vitality.
- According to the soil association there are up to 80% more antioxidants, which help prevent early ageing as well as prevent many of today's chronic diseases and illness.
- Heavy metals and chemicals found in non-organic foods have been associated with many of our modern day diseases. What you put into your body ultimately effects your overall health!
-Some conventionally grown products are also genetically modified. The long term effects of GMO foods has not been established but studies on animals are not great and certainly make me avoid eating and giving these to my family. GMO crops are banned under organic standards.
Is it expensive to eat organically?
So, I get it! Organic food, when comparing it with conventionally grown products, can seem expensive. However, I find the best way and most cost effective way to go organic is through delivery companies such as Abel & Cole or Riverford. They might initially seem more expensive but if you are just buying good wholesome food and not paying for packaged products it really doesn't cost any more to eat this way . For example, how much is a couple of boxes of cereal a week, or other jarred foods? I get a medium vegetable box and a fruit box delivered weekly, and an organic meat box every few weeks and it doesn't have to cost any more than you usually spend. My shopping bill is certainly no more than the average weekly spend. I also eat very yummy food. There is also the latest news that Aldi will be stocking more organic wholefood products. Fantastic news! I for one will be checking this out!
Best and worst fruits and vegetables
You can also check out PAN, Pesticide Action Network, which lists the best and worst offenders providing a guide on what ideally should be bought organic and what is safe to buy conventionally at the supermarket. I find this is a handy guide and makes it easier when deciding what to buy organic and what not.
I do feel strongly that eating organic is the best way from a health point of view. There is more and more research being published on how organic produce is of a higher nutritional quality, as well as the fact that they have considerably less potentially harmful chemicals such as heavy metals , pesticides and herbicides. Hopefully the above shows that it really doesn't need to be expensive, and eating organic can really help boost your health and well-being . Remember, ultimately you are what you eat!
I made hot chocolate out of this almond milk using half a teaspoon of cacao in each cup. (you could also just use cocoa), and put the rest in overnight oats. Almonds are so nutritious and full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium and calcium. This really took no effort at all and was a lovely treat. xx
1 Cup of Blanched almonds
Honey, dates, vanilla extract or maple syrup to sweeten it slightly.
Soak almonds overnight or for a couple of days.
Pop into a blender with 2 cups of water, and dates if using, and blend until smooth.
Pour blended mixture into a straining bag.
Leave to strain over a cup or jug.
Squeeze the last bit of milk out.
Taste and add a small amount of sweetener if you wish.
'Ditch the diet,
Just eat healthy''
What is the best way to eat?
With so many different diets and meal plans out there, it can get complicated figuring out what really is the best way! What makes the most sense and where all the research on healthy living and diet points to, is eating ‘real’ food! Unprocessed, unrefined, and free from artificial substances and chemicals, as possible.
‘’By eating whole foods you are eating foods as close to their natural state as possible with all the nutrients, minerals, enzymes, fibre, fatty acids and beneficial compounds nature intended’’.
Eating this way provides your body with nutrient rich foods which provide a whole array of health benefits. This can only make you look and feel great!
So eating real foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes (Beans, peas, lentils), meat, fish and unsweetened whole dairy products is the simplest and healthiest way to go!
Keeping it simple
Meals and snacks can be put together out of simple, unprocessed ingredients. Which doesn’t mean you have to be a gourmet chef or culinary whizz (I know! Cooking has never been my strong point). It is about putting these foods together in a tasty satisfying way – Assembling the different ingredients in a quick and easy manner! You can also include dried fruits, natural flavourings, herbs and spices, and in moderation, natural sweeteners such as honey or pure maple syrup. Check out my recipe page for some simple ideas.
So the basics;
Following these guidelines everyday will provide you with all the nutrients and compounds to truly boost health, promote well-being and in turn provide all the energy and vitality to enjoy life! You can even recreate those naughty sweet treats at home.
‘’Eating clean 80 - 90% of the time allows you to be naughty 10 -20% of the time allowing for a balanced lifestyle’’.
What about packaged foods?
You can still buy some packaged foods to make life easier it’s just about making an informed decision and choosing wisely. Those best to avoid are the processed foods that have been highly manipulated such as;
These tend to have lots of added salt and sugar, artificial additives and chemicals. You want packaged products that are made from whole foods! If you don’t recognise an ingredient probably best to avoid it! However, if you choose wisely you can buy packaged produce while still limiting the damage.
So..the good stuff!
Fruits and vegetables