Drink right

This is probably the easiest and fastest way to start your journey to healthier living. Energy drinks, sodas, and even fruit juices are packed with sugar, additives and chemicals – cut them out completely. Now. Do it. During the day, drink water. When you think you’ve had enough, drink more. Need something hot to drink? Try green tea with lemon and natural honey to taste. If you’re worried about what you’ll drink with the boys at the next braai, or night out on the town, try a decent whiskey, good red wine or a lite beer.

 

Cut out bread

Have you ever noticed how long a loaf of bread keeps for until it eventually becomes mouldy and needs to be thrown out? Think that’s normal? Think again. Bread (i.e. home baked bread) that’s made from all natural ingredients will usually only last a day, compared to your typical loaf of bread bought from the grocery store, which can last in excess of five days. That’s because of things called preservatives. If you really have to, try just one or two slices of health bread rather than a workman’s half-loaf lunch.

 

Veggies

Try making vegetables your ‘starch’. In other words, include a range of veggies at every meal. Even better, try eating raw veggies. For a great read on why veggies are vital, click here.

 

Sleep

Too little of this precious commodity is more dangerous than you think. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night as this will help your body to recover, process & digest meals. The importance of sleep is often forgotten in the busyness of our lives. This particular point requires discipline but can also become easier by including exercise in your daily routine.

 

Cheat

It’s good to have one cheat day a week. Be warned though, it’s not an excuse to pig out and make up for six days of being healthy. When you think of a cheat day, think chicken burger or your favorite pasta dish finished with a dessert of your choice. It’s one meal where you should relax and not feel bad about what you’re consuming. It will also motivate you during the week and reward you for your dedication to healthy living.

 

Go natural

No, I don’t mean take your kit off. Eat natural, organic foods rather than processed stuff. Processed foods have loads of chemicals and additives that many researchers believe are central to our health problems, including killers such as cancer. Rule of thumb here: if a six year old cannot pronounce the ingredients on the label, don’t eat it.