Your health is on your plate

When was the last time you had something you pro- bably knew you shouldn’t? Last week, a couple of days maybe…. or perhaps a few hours ago. You vowed to start your new diet on Monday, but it got pushed back to the following week instead. With every bite that commencedthe crumbs brazenlytri ckle down your shirt.“You fancied itright”, as some would say, but you knew that in your heart you would be running to the gym the following morning to burn the calories off.Why don’t we have the freedom to eat anything, anytime without there being any consequences? It’s a funny question isn’t it – because this is what most of us would want, but the steps to follow through seem to be the hardest part.

We all know that we should be eating some sort of healthy diet, so what is it that leads us astray?It is obvious that as technology evolves, most of us are constantlyglued to our phones, TV’s, and work screens, as well as being heavily reliant on a fast food app to deliver our foods anywhere we are. We live in a society where we constantly feel the need to over-indulge on things that may not be good for us, especially because clever food marketing is what has encouraged the over indulgence of high calorie foods.

Obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled in the last 30 years and it is estimated that more than half of the British population could be obese by 2050. Eating healthy isn’t just about how much times you can replace a chip with a carrot stick – it is all about giving our bodies the goodness and nutrients it needs.The truth is, we don’t know just how much nutrition we are putting in our bodies. Health experts claim that there are more than 40, 000 deaths per year that are linked with people being dangerously overweight. Many people refer to the saying “you are what you eat” – which undeniably leaves people either bowing their heads down in shame or being happy that they opted for that salad in Tesco instead. So does that mean eating foods with mountings of sugar, grease and fat will turn you into all these things? Maybe not, but overtime it will start to have a negative effect on you and your body. We need to start knowing where are food comes from and what we are feeding our bodies. Eating clean and healthy isn’t about how little you can eat and then falling victim to eating whatever you can get your hands on by the time you reach home.The guide to eating healthy, while still maintainingor losing weight is by eating a lot of the right foods.

Filling up on all the right foods that have a balance of protein, carbs, fats and vitamins and minerals will be the perfect way to eating clean and healthy. Start by having a relationship with your food and knowing our foods inside out. Instead of snacking on crisps and biscuits throughout the day – why not snack on fruits, protein and oat bars as well as many other delicious alternatives. Why not also add salad or vegetables to your meals. By reducing the level of sugar and fat intake each day and increasing the goodness our bodies need, we will be decreasing the number of people who suffer from obesity each year. We need to start taking care of ourselves the best way we can. We need to start influencing and educating our children, our siblings, parents, whoever we are close with to start a healthy, nutritional journey that will help us in the long run.