Sian Toal - 5 TOP Nutrition Tips!

It was Blur who stated 'Modern life is rubbish' for their 2nd album title. Well it sometimes doesn't help when it comes to eating! Here's a bit of food for thought (pardon the pun...)

Know when it's over.....

An open plan kitchen can also make dinner open plan. Many people no longer have that clear defined eating time sat around a dining table. When dinner was finished, you washed up, moved to another room, turned the light off in the kitchen and eating time was over. Very often food is now eaten in front of the TV, or very late, the kitchen is right next to you and suddenly you're going back and forth from the kitchen picking at food and adding extra calories to your day’s intake. A little here and there can add up to a lot, if you catch my drift....

Try to cook a meal, take time to let it digest, talk to people you're with (not tapping away to your 'we're good mates but never met' Facebook friend). Take your time and try to finish your meal properly and close down the kitchen!

Secret snacker....

Snacking while cooking BEFORE dinner is also common one. I can put my hands up to this in the past. My mother always had roasted salted cashews, raisins, thick white farmhouse loaves of bread or little snacks dotted around here and there in the kitchen. When I was younger we'd get dinner ready and without realising it I picked at foods here and there. A large 250g bag would easily disappear without thinking about it (and perhaps a couple of slices of bread with salad cream on it......mmmm......try it to love it) Know what half that bag of cashews is....? 726kcal. 58.8g fat. 37.7g carbs. 20g protein. Whoa...no wonder I was a chubby child!

If Jamie can do it....

Cooking for yourself can be so rewarding and not to mention money saving! Unfortunately, the industries that make food don't actually care about your health. They care about business, selling the product and making money. They will market food so that you buy it. Simples. Low fat? Maybe, but usually high in sugar. A celebrity endorsement? This does not mean if you eat that product you will look like them! They are paid to show it off and make you believe they eat it too. They will add preservatives, fats, oils, sugars, salt and who knows what else, but if you choose to eat it and you get fat.....they will put their hands up and say 'not our fault!'.

Try a healthy simple recipe book and learn some tasty easy to cook meals. Like I said you can save money, make it exactly how you like it and know exactly what’s in it!

Avoid the wreckage...

Don't crash diet. I repeat. DON'T CRASH DIET. Seriously, what is the point? You'll be miserable while you're doing it. A moment or two of 'yay I lost weight!' then miserable when you come off it and put it all back on. All sorts of quick fixes will be thrown at you and guess what? They want to make money by selling an impossible dream. 'Eat nothing but grapefruit for 2 weeks and lose weight!' Can you do that for the rest of your life??? I don't think so.

Now listen carefully, I shall say this only once.....Change Your Lifestyle!

Once you've decided your goal, set your target, change for good. If you go on a diet you will at some point come off. Make permanent changes, incorporate clean eating and training into your lifestyle and watch your body change. Then you get to keep it that way. Happy days.

Keep it real.....

Now explain this to me......I'm in a very well known health food shop. As I went to pay for my purchases there was a thing called a 'fruit roll' by the tills at the checkout. The packet said 'contains 100% real fruit'. Now tell me this....Why not eat an actual real life, not reconstructed, regurgitated, piece of wound up string when you can EAT A REAL PIECE OF FRUIT. Cheaper, healthier, natural. Something your great grandmother would recognise as food.

The best thing you can do for you body is to eat real, natural food. If it ran or swam, eat it. If it grew out of the ground. Eat it. But don't be a bore! You can create amazing meals using natural ingredients, herbs and spices for flavour, oils for good fats, beans and meats for protein and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. The world seems to be obsessed with pre packaged overpriced, processed and ready made food. Time to be blunt. These will not do you any good. Being addicted to salt and sugar hidden in mass produced food will promote all sorts of health issues. Have respect for your body! You have been blessed with the most astonishing biological wonder. You owe it to yourself to respect it. Not everyone has that privilege.....

Abusing your body with (again to be blunt...) crap poor excuses for food will not safeguard a healthy functioning body for your future. The choices you make now will change everything. At the end of the day, you'll only have yourself to blame if you choose to misuse the blessing of health.

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As an individual I strive to always better myself and my knowledge and to help others who are starting out like I was 5 years ago! Above all else, it is an absolutely huge honour to be the online editor of MonsterSupplements.com!
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