Lawyers, Look After Your Health – Nutrition
This is the second in a series of articles to help you focus on different areas of your life and to inspire and motivate you to make a change in one or more areas.
What does your health and nutrition mean to you? Is it about eating the ‘right’ foods, having a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables?
• Do you have a healthy diet?
• How much water do you drink each day?
• Do you rely on caffeine to get you going?
• How often do you drink alcohol?
• Are you lacking in essential vitamins and
• Do you regularly have your five or more fruit and vegetables a day?
Take a look at your diet and what you actually eat on a daily basis. Is it a healthy balanced diet of fruit and vegetables, wholegrain fibre, carbohydrate and protein – from a range of foods.
Get label savvy. Understand just how much sugar, fat and salt is in the food you eat. Labelling is improving, as we become more health conscious but can also be misleading. Low fat foods can contain a lot of sugar and bulking agents to replace the fat and give them texture. Sugar-free or low sugar foods have added artificial sweeteners and chemical flavouring. Natural or healthy labelling may not actually be quite as ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’ as you expect.
Do you regularly eat ready meals or grab a takeaway because you don’t have time to cook? Weekly meal planning, cooking and freezing in batches means you can always have a healthy meal when you get home from work. If Jamie Oliver can create healthy family meals in 30 or 15 minutes, with a little planning and organisation you can too.
Make your own lunch to have at work rather than relying on sandwiches, fast food or raiding the snack machine.
Always buy food as fresh and unprocessed as possible. Educate yourself about what you’re really buying and putting in your body.
What difference could you make to your nutrition this week?
• Start a food diary to monitor what you’re eating and how much? Be honest with yourself!
• Drink less tea, coffee and alcohol – replace them with green and herbal teas.
• Cut out biscuits, crisps and snacks – replace them with fruit, nuts and seeds.
• Drink more water (your brain needs it as much as your body).
• Eat your five+ portions of fruit and veg each day – pack them in to juices and smoothies.
• Enjoy your food – savour what you’re eating and eat it slowly, don’t rush it!
See if you feel better after a week of healthier eating.