Eating well , what does that mean exactly ?
For some people, eating well means eating worthy. You know the sort of the thing - salads of sad looking lettuce , cucumber and tomatoes or bland pieces of fish and vegetables that feel like a penance to eat .
For others, it’s about avoiding certain foods – whether its meat, wheat, fat or sugar or whatever the new food evil is this month .
There are so many conflicting messages out there about what is good and bad and what is the right way to eat .
The truth is, there is no one set of foods that are right , that will make it all better . One size doesn’t fit all, what works for you might send someone else running for the hills in horror at the very thought .
I’m here to help cut through all that confusion and misinformation and instead, give you a way of eating that is enjoyable and healthy and most importantly works for you - your tastes , your lifestyle and your Jamie Oliver cooking skills (or lack of !)
If you are confused about where to start , then here are my top 5 tips on eating well that I think pretty much everyone would find helpful.
Have 3 meals a day – breakfast lunch and dinner. Don’t skip them . You don’t need to have lots of food but have something. No time in the morning ? See my blog post - NO TIME FOR BREAKFAST?
EAT REAL FOOD
Look at the ingredients - If you don’t know what the word means , don’t buy it. Where do you keep aspartame, sodium benzoate and glucose-fructose syrup in your kitchen cupboards?
Avoid snacks* unless you are genuinely hungry. Ask yourself - am I hungry or am I thirsty, bored, tired or upset? If you are hungry try eating a little more at your main mealtimes
* There are times when I may suggest snacking as part of your individual plan. If I do, it will because it’s better for you personally and for specific reasons that I will explain in our consultation.
PROTEIN WITH EACH MEAL
This is important to keep your energy levels and mood steady between meals . Protein helps keep your blood sugar balanced. If its out of balance , you can feel tired, wired , sad and all sorts of bad.
By water, I mean water – not tea/coffee /beer/fizzy drinks/commercially flavoured water . Aim for a litre a day , build up to that if you don't drink a lot right now . Aim for 1/3rd of a litre and once thats a habit , aim for 1/2 litre and carry on from there