Here it is, my first blog!
There’s so much I want to write about so choosing just one thing has been tricky.
I love working in a corporate setting, doing webinars and workshops for people who struggle to fit healthy eating and self-care into their hectic lives.
Then there’s my passion for working with families helping to make eating well easy, enjoyable and accessible to all.
We then move to ‘my group’ of busy women and mums, where I help people find energy, mental clarity and that feeling of being in control again so that they wake up excited about the day ahead. This comes through navigating conflicting and confusing health and nutrition information, tips for sugar dependency and stress-eating, showing how life-changing taking time for self-care and sleeping properly can be (for themselves and everyone around them) and other great stuff too!
There are so many shared factors in my work with all of these individuals and groups but today we’ll start with CLEAN EATING as this is one of the basic essential health foundations for everyone.
Is clean eating the latest in a long line of fad diets? No, I don’t think so. The term is recent but the concept has been around forever. It might seem novel, challenging even, in today’s world, where eating processed and junk food has become the norm, and where misleading marketing tells us that these products are healthy, but it’s simple to understand and easy to follow: consume only (or mostly) whole, fresh, unprocessed food.
It’s not a temporary eating programme, it’s a way of life. And when you change your food, you change your life.
The more foods you eat that don’t have any labels on them, the better you will be.
You are what you eat
Yes, you’ve heard this saying a million times before, but have you ever really stopped to think what it means?
Every function in our body is affected by what you eat and so each time you put something in your mouth is an opportunity to nourish your body.
“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” – Heather Morgan
Apart from the obvious weight issues related to food, what you choose to eat directly affects your:
- Immune system
- Gut health
- Hormone health
- Energy levels
So, in short, clean eating means you are filling your body with nutrient-dense food, choosing your health through disease prevention and weight management AND lightening your environmental footprint! A whole-foods diet, eating as much local and seasonal produce as possible places much less stress on the environment.
Try to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can, and when you are buying packaged food, a great way to start your health journey is simply by reading labels!
The 5 ingredient rule
It’s an easy way to start being aware of how much goes into some processed foods. Read the labels on what you buy and if something has more than 5 ingredients, it’s probably best to avoid it, especially when the ingredients are not words you recognise.
Look out for more info and clean-eating recipes on my facebook page here
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