Simple steps towards a healthier diet

The food you eat significantly influences your looks, how you feel, and how well you function.

Why change your eating habits?

Your body is made up of molecules from the food you have eaten. Food is one of the major factors that affects your well-being since it is what makes up your physical form. What we choose to eat influences how we look, how we feel and how we function. By changing our dietary habits, we can improve all these aspects of ourselves. The entire body will be reformed and rejuvenated over time with the right food choices.

By nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich food you can improve:

  • physical performance
  • mental performance
  • emotional balance
  • improve your sleep
  • your years of good health

Making the changes

Eating should be simple. Complicated diets are not necessary and are difficult to maintain. The key is to slowly increase the amount of nutrient rich food in your diet, and gradually reduce the empty calories that you may be used to eating. Avoid abruptly stopping foods that you have always eaten, as you may develop withdrawal effects. 

There is not a particular formula or super diet that will suit everyone. It is about making the right individual choices for yourself, through understanding more about nutrition, and altering your habits accordingly. Over time your body will adapt to this new and healthier way of eating, and the effects on your wellbeing will start to radiate through in all areas of your life.

If you are keen on improving how you look and feel, then it is best to start making those introductions now. 

When you start making changes to your eating habits, the results are not visible straight away. It takes time. Sometimes during this period you may feel worse before you start to feel better even, as the body often undergoes withdrawal symptoms from foods such as sugar and caffeine. Digestive symptoms, a coated tongue, dull and puffy skin, fatigue, fingernails that easily break, coarse weak hair can all signal that dietary changes are needed. 

You are in control of your diet. So you should go at your pace. Planning is necessary, so that you don't just wait until you are hungry then reach out to the foods you find most satisfying, which will often be calorie rich and nutrient poor. 

 

 

Eight simple steps for healthier eating

These are the first 8 steps which you can use to start to improve your eating habits. They are simple to use and form a good starting base, preparing your body to be able to adapt to change more effectively. You will then find that refining and increasing your nutritional intake will be easier.

  1. Eat more Raw Food
  2. Increase your intake of oily fish and or seeds
  3. Drink more water
  4. Reduce your red meat intake
  5. Cut down on processed foods
  6. Cut down on  refined sugar 
  7. Wean off refined grains
  8. Reduce your caffeine intake
Article written by Dr Aleesha Dhillon
Disclaimer: This article is solely for information purposes. It is not to replace a consultation with a qualified health professional. It should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. The article is based on the opinions of the author who retains copyright. You are advised to make your own health decisions based on your research and alongside a qualified health professional. Please consult a doctor if you have any health concerns.

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