Healthy eating fundamentals
Getting started in healthy eating can be a bit of a daunting task. There seems to be so much conflicting information and advice available, it is hard to decide which bit to listen to. To stop you giving up before you begin, realbuzz.com has come up with five top tips. Even if you only follow these few hints, it will set you well on your way to a healthier balanced diet, without you really noticing!
1. Always eat breakfast
After fasting all night, kick-start your body’s engine with some good quality food. If you ever feel lethargic in the morning, or skip breakfast and are ravenous by ten o’clock, you will feel 100% better if you have some food when you get up. Top of the breakfast charts is porridge, perhaps topped with some fresh or dried fruit. Porridge will provide you with sustained energy and cancel out the ten o’clock ‘munchies’! Cereals provide a simple and quick breakfast fix but try and avoid sugar or chocolate coated varieties.
Symptoms of dehydration include unusual fatigue, dizziness, hunger, dry skin, dark urine and general lethargy. When you consider that the majority of our bodies are made up from water, topping up your body’s fluid intake with water and natural fluids (for example: fruit juice) is extremely important.
3. Take the ‘20 per day’ test
Try and eat 20 different, healthy foods each day to ensure that you are fuelling your body with a broad range of different nutrients and to guarantee that you are getting the full complement of vitamins, minerals and trace elements – and that your meals are interesting too!