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Top 12 Tips for a Healthier Life: Part 3 – Food, Glorious Food

Top 12 Tips for a Healthier Life: Part 3 – Food, Glorious Food

Hi there, welcome to part three of the tips for a healthier life blog series.

Part 1 and 2 of this series were about moving the body and keeping it hydrated but we’d have no get up and go, were it not for food, glorious food.

Yep, these bodies need fuel to move them, keep the insides working and ensure we don’t get too overloaded with things our bodies can’t process. There are lots of very qualified technical nutritionists who can advise on a molecular level what vitamins, minerals, super foods and substances to consume in what quantities and at what times for your optimal health. Those guys are amazing (particularly this woman) and I bow down to their technical expertise. Similarly I could (and may well) write a whole series dedicated to this very subject. But for this article, lets stick to a simple set of dos and don’ts…

  • Try to eat more foods in their natural state. Processed foods contain hidden ingredients and it’s harder to know what we are consuming and, therefore, if it’s doing us any good
  • Be mindful of how many ‘acidic’ foods you eat. Alkaline foods are (in general) easier to process so you are giving the body an easier time of it by reducing acidic food intake. A quick google will give you lists (some of which contradict each other so take ‘em with a pinch of pink Himalayan salt) of which foods are more alkaline and which more acidic.
  • Watch the stimulant/depressant intake. Drugs, Cigarettes, Sugar, Caffeine and Alcohol create dramatic reactions in the body, so for keeping balance these might be best taken in moderation or avoided altogether
  • Don’t overdo the protein (work toward a 80% fruit and veg and 20% protein and fats balance) and try not to combine animal and veg protein in the same meal.
  • Stop eating when you feel 80% full and wait to see if you still feel like you need food after that, we often mistake hunger for just not feeling really full so get used to not ‘stuffing’ yourself.
  • Eat mindfully. Slow down the way you eat, pick somewhere relaxing to eat, chew more, switch off your mobile phone/ipad/TV and pay attention to what you are doing.

Remember, every body is different and whilst there are some general rules around good nutrition, what works for you, might not work for your neighbour. For example,  some bodies thrive from a diet that includes meat and fish and some bodies really suffer if they eat this way, similarly a raw food diet isn’t for everyone and so on.  So my last tip is:

  • Really observe how your body reacts to certain foods and if its not a good response (nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, overheating, sleeplessness, excessive gas, bad skin, headaches etc etc) it can tell you that this food is not so good for you.

Hope that helps, join me soon where we go to the Brain and Beyond…for Part 4 of our top 12 tips.

With love,

Cat Moyle

Holistic Body Worker and Wellbeing Adviser on the Island of Malta

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