Happy New Year!
The New Year is here, how about making some positive changes in 2016? Below are my suggestions that may help you to have a healthier, happier and hence better 2016.
- Start the day with breakfast. This is the most important meal of your day.
- Eat on regular basis – three main meals and two snacks in between to avoid dips in your energy levels.
- Give up on fizzy (soda) drinks and swap them for healthier beverages like water, sparkling water, coconut water, or herbal teas / infusions. Occasional high quality coffee is also OK. Obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases are linked to sweet fizzy drinks consumption.
- Get proper sleep each night – ideally about eight hours. Sleep depravation and lack of sleep may increase the risk of numerous chronic diseases.
- Increase amount of healthy fats and fibre in your daily diet. The latest scientific research suggests healthy fats should comprise at least 50 percent of your overall energy intake. Healthy fat sources include coconut oil, avocado, butter, nut, seeds and oily fish.
- Introduce fermented foods to your diet, as they contain much higher levels of gut-friendly bacteria than probiotic supplements. Examples include yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and kefir.
- Move more, sit less. Our body is made to move around and be active the majority of the day. Therefore, being sedentary may negatively impact your health, weight and general wellbeing.
- Eat high quality protein in every meal and snack as it is essential for your health. Protein is a component of enzymes, cellular receptors, signalling molecules and a main building block of your muscles and bones.
- Check if your Vitamin D levels are optimal. Vitamin D deficiency is linked with increased risk for developing number of chronic disorders such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and dementia. While sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D, winter and working indoor prevent majority of population in northern hemisphere from achieving ideal levels.
- Meditate for 5 to 10 minutes a day as it is an excellent way to relief stress and help to relax.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New You!