Have fresh juice or a smoothie for breakfast
Breakfast is a vital way to get your body going in the right direction. Eating breakfast is not only a beneficial way to get nutrients after a period of starvation which the body goes into during sleep, but choosing something which is high in protein but low on cholesterol such as eggs on toast can help keep you feeling fuller until lunchtime. But for the ultimate energy boast, try a homemade juice or a smoothie. A juicer allows you to create fresh, healthy smoothies and is the perfect way to pulp leftover fruit and vegetables. No need to peel or remove pips – a juicer will do it for you. Try oranges, carrots, apples and pears for an ultimate health boosting smoothie which is not only sweet and tasty, but extremely good for you!
It’s amazing how much this simple activity can be overlooked. But walking to work or taking the stairs instead of the lift can pay off in the long term. Not only will it leave you feeling energised, but according to PathsForAll.org.uk, “Workplace walking can be a sociable activity and has the added value of providing an opportunity to network.” So you might even make a friend or two along the way!
Eat more grains
You may prefer white bread or rice to its more healthier alternative – but by avoiding whole grains, which are found in brown bread and rice/pasta you are missing out on a whole range of nutrients. Not only do wholegrains release energy more slowly, but can even potentially reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. According to Philip Mellen, M.D at Wake Forest University School of Medicine who was interviewed for ScienceDaily.com, “Consuming an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains each day is associated with a 21 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to consuming only 0.2 servings.” So that slice of wholegrain toast can be beneficial.
Swap chocolate biscuits for fruit/nuts
It’s very easy to reach for a chocolate biscuit instead of an apple or a banana. But the danger here is that chocolate can be high in sugar and fat and by providing an initial boost of energy, make you crave more – which adds up in calories. Choosing a piece of fruit such as an apple or a handful of grapes, will provide the necessary craving for sugar that you require, but as it’s released more slowly, it will satisfy your hunger for longer. Nuts are especially good as they are full of minerals and nutrients, providing the body with essential omega-3 fatty acids which are vital for healthy brain function, along with normal growth and development of the body. Other nutrients include vitamin E, protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, magnesium and copper – all of which are essential components to your natural health and wellbeing.
These are just a small sample of the steps you can use to start to benefit your health naturally. Forget expensive pills or crazy diets which make you pile on the weight and leave your health in disrepair – choose to invest in your natural health in 2012 and your body will thank you for it in the long term.