It’s all over, the turkey has been reincarnated in sandwiches and curries and the prosecco is no longer taking up valuable room in the fridge. As fun as it was, it is nice to step away from the excess of December and start the New Year afresh with some healthy changes that can hopefully last us throughout the year.
Here is our guide to some small, but significant changes you can make for 2018…
#1 Go for Protein – Start the day in the right way with a protein packed breakfast. Studies have shown that this can actually help to keep hunger at bay until lunchtime. Yoghurt, eggs and porridge are great for this. Try Caffe Isola who often do a super healthy porridge to go, topped with tasty fruit, nuts and seeds.
#2 Make a Shopping List – We all know the perils of going food shopping on an empty stomach, you come home with tonnes of snacks, a metre of jaffa cakes and not a whole out else! The best thing you can do is to plan your meals in advance, create a menu for the week and a list of the items you need. That way you can avoid being swayed by tasty treats as you walk around the shop, and hopefully save a few pennies buying only what you actually need.
#3 Stop Mindless Eating – Sitting in front of the TV, it is easy to suddenly find that all the pringles have gone, without a clue how it has happened. Give food the time and space it deserves, and ask yourself if you really are hungry or if it is just a habit.
#4 Track your Eating – If you are trying to shift a few of the Christmas lbs, tracking what you are eating can come in handy. Helping you to become more aware of what you are eating and when, you can see where the bad habits lie. Even if you only do it for a few weeks (no one wants to track their food for their entire lifetime!) it should definitely get you on the right track. There are loads of apps that can help you with this.
#5 Eat Seasonable and Locally – By eating what is currently in season, you are eating produce that is at its absolute best, that hasn’t been subjected to forced growing, hasn’t had to travel miles to get here and is probably cheaper being readily available locally. By eating locally, you are supporting your economy and the crops picked will have been picked at their peak, thus containing the most amount of nutrients and flavour – result!