Healthy eating for life

I believe that balance is key to everything, here are my foodie principles that I live by

Eat real food
Eat healthily most of the time
Read the labels
Never ever diet
Think nutrients
Everything in balance
Eat good fats
Eat mindfully & consciously
Be inspired!
Enjoy food
Remember the life stages

 

Eat real food

If you eat real food from nature you can’t go wrong. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, grains, pulses, everything our planet has to offer. Ditch all the processed food.

Eat healthily most of the time

I eat healthily most of the time and I don’t deprive myself- if I fancy something I’ll eat it. I don’t believe in restriction unless there’s a medical reason for it such as celiac disease. So for me it’s about everything in moderation, you could say I adopt the 80/20 rule; eating healthily 80% of the time and then eating a bit of what I fancy 20% of the time.

Read the labels

My philosophy is that if you look on the back of a packet and you wouldn’t eat one or more of the ingredients if they were on there own, don’t eat it. It’s also good to get used to reading the labels to find out if there are any hidden nasties, including sugar.

Never ever diet

Dieting suggests short-term-if diets worked there wouldn’t be a diet industry. Generally you diet for a short period of time, lose weight, go back to your usual eating habits and put the weight back on. What you want to aim for is healthy eating habits that you can maintain long term, habits that fit in with your life and family.

Think nutrients

We’ve got caught up in a calorie/fat way of looking at food (i.e. low calorie/low fat), starting thinking about food in terms of nutrients, how many nutrients are you getting from your meal, snack or drink.

Everything in balance

If you have read my philosophy you’ll know that balance is important to me. It’s particularly important when you’re thinking about food, you want to eat everything in balance; protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Eat fat!

Fat has had a lot of bad press over recent years but the truth of the matter is that you need fat, the good kind. There are a number of essential fats that our body doesn’t make (the clue is in the name … essential!) that we must get from our diet. So you want to eat oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocados and oils. And believe it or not you actually need the good fats to lose fat, now that can only be a good thing!

Eat mindfully and consciously

Eating consciously is firstly about being conscious of your food choices, what you’re putting on your plate and then what you’re putting into your body and your mouth, be conscious about your food choices. And then when you’re eating your food take notice of what you eat, the taste and the texture, take time between each mouthful. Eating mindfully will help digestion and will also help you tune in to when you’re full so you don’t overeat.

Enjoy food

This is the most important thing, food should be enjoyed. You can get so much pleasure out of food; making it, eating it, make sure you enjoy it.

Remember the life stages

Life stages are important, growing children have different needs to adults for example. For women pregnancy and going through the menopause all require different nutritional needs. Understanding life stages can be important in getting the right nutrition.

Eating the right food can make you feel great.

 

 

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Nicky Duffell Bio photoNicky Duffell is a nutritional therapist and health coach who works with clients to improve their health and wellbeing.  With over 17 years experience in the corporate world Nicky uses her experience of coaching senior executives to help clients gain control of their health and achieve their goals. She’s a Mum of two beautiful children and know’s what it’s like to juggle family and work.  Nicky is passionate about food, health and her family.  After life took her on a few twists and turns she started this blog to share everything she’s learnt.  You can follow Nicky on Instagram for all her food inspiration and health tips.

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