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Sticking to New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : Goal Setting 

According the NHS, around 7 million of us will have made a New Year's resolution to improve an aspect of our health this year. 

Some of the most common resolutions are:
  • Lose weight
  • Get fit
  • Stop smoking
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.  
Keeping your resolution after Christmas can be a tough thing to do.  Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at Hertfordshire University, gives the following top 5 tips for boosting willpower and staying motivated:
  • Make only one resolution. Choosin...

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Eat Starchy Foods

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : nutrition 

Starchy foods form the second food group which plays an important role in healthy eating. They are our main source of carbohydrate, which the body needs for energy. 


Starchy foods include potatoes, bread, cereals, rice, pasta and should make up about a third of the food you eat.  We should eat some starchy foods every day as part of a healthy balanced diet, ideally choosing wholegrain varieties wherever possible.


This may come as a surprise to you, but Data published by the National Diet and ...

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Advice on Avoiding the New Year Detox

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, In : nutrition 

After Christmas, a lot of people decide that they are going to detox or go on a diet and get healthier and/or lose weight, so they go on a mission in January, which often involves restricting what they eat. 


The third Monday of January is known as Blue Monday.  This is when people's best intentions for their new start go flying out of the window. So, the chances are that if you did embark on a detox or diet mission in January that by now your diet regime is slipping and you're eating more aga...

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Eating a Balanced Diet

Posted by Sarah Cox on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : nutrition 

Despite what you see in some diet books and TV programmes, healthy eating can be really straightforward.


The key thing is to eat a balanced diet, so eating a wide variety of food from all the different healthy food groups.  No food groups should be totally eliminated, which is contrary to what a number of popular diets advocate.  


The food groups are: 

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Starchy foods
  • Meat, fish eggs and beans
  • Milk and dairy food
  • Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar. 


To get all the nutrien...

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Adopt Healthy Eating Principles One Step At A Time

Posted by Sarah Cox on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : nutrition 
Becoming a totally healthy eater is unlikely to happen overnight as it takes time to change habits, learn what foods you need to eat to be healthy and introduce all the principles into your diet. It's great if you can do it, but it's unrealistic for most people. 


It's more likely that you will implement the healthy eating principles I'm sharing with you over a period of time. Most diets want you to make significant changes to your normal eating patterns and foods for a limited period of time ...

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What is a Healthy Food?

Posted by Sarah Cox on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : nutrition 
People often don't know where to start when it comes to eating healthily.  You may wander around supermarkets aimlessly looking for healthy food when you really don't know what you are looking for. It's because there is so much mixed information out there. When you start looking out for healthy food a key question is 'what makes something healthy'? Is it the amount of calories or the amount of fats? Actually, though these things are important, they are only part of the equation.

This is why s...

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Healthy Eating and Exercise

Posted by Sarah Cox on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : nutrition 
We need to become healthy eaters rather than dieters to reach and maintain a healthy weight.This means losing weight "naturally", without the assistance of weight loss pills or shakes. While it is often a lot easier said than done, it is more than possible to lose weight naturally.


What you need to know about losing weight naturally is that it requires quite a bit of hard work and restraint on your part. It is definitely not a quick fix, but as a result, it is a far more healthy way to do it....

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Healthy Eating

Posted by Sarah Cox on Sunday, April 27, 2014, In : nutrition 

In order to reach and maintain a healthy weight, we need to become life-long healthy eaters rather than dieters.   Being a healthy eater means becoming informed and smart about what healthy eating actually is. Being food smart isn’t about learning to calculate grams or fat, or is it about studying labels and counting calories.

Healthy eating is all about balanced and moderate eating, consisting of healthy meals at least three times per day. Healthy eaters eat many different types of foods, n...

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