A healthy diet is about balance, not about denying yourself foods that you love. To remain healthy and function properly your body needs a range of nutrients found in a variety of foods, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fibre. The key is to consume them in the right proportions.
Eat regular meals and snack smart
Eating 3 regular meals a day and enjoying healthy snacks, such as fruit, a handful of nuts or a low fat yogurt, in between can help sustain and maintain blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking about 6 to 8 glasses (1.5 - 2 litres) of water or fluids every day prevents dehydration. You lose water naturally and need to replace it. Wake up to water and keep a bottle close to you when you’re out and about and on the go.
Don’t skip breakfast
Breakfast helps to break the overnight fast and a choice like wholegrain cereal with semi skimmed milk or low fat yogurt, refreshing water or a fruit juice gets your blood sugar up slowly and steadily, preparing you for the morning ahead.
Try a probiotic product
Every day your body is challenged by bacteria and viruses and your gut forms a crucial defence mechanism against potentially harmful bugs. Give your system the back-up it needs.
Scientific evidence suggests that people who lead active lifestyles are less likely to suffer from illness and are more likely to live longer. Exercise not only makes you physically fitter, it improves mental health and your sense of wellbeing.
Take time out for yourself
Balancing work and family life can be difficult, plus financial and social difficulties can make life a struggle. Recognise stress and take time out. Common symptoms include headaches, irritability, disturbed sleep and poor concentration.