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a nourished life: nutrition

a nourished life: nutrition

+ 14 million Australians are overweight or obese

+ More than 5 million Australians are obese

+ If weight gain continues at current levels, by 2025, close to 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese

+ Obesity has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia

(Source)

These figures are from 2013 so just imagine what those figures might be now 2 years down the track.

I don’t tell you this to scare you into eating healthy but it is a nice little reminder that the lifestyle of many Australians is just not healthy. Changes have to be made.

Nutrition is such a hot topic, not only right now but all the time. Everyone has their opinion and is not afraid to share it. Thanks to social media we are constantly bombarded with how we should be eating – paleo, vegan, sugar free and the list goes on.

Now I’m not here to tell you how you should be eating – that’s totally up to you. What I am going to do is give you my opinion, give you some tips as to what I think healthy eating is. Please remember this is just my opinion, I am not telling you what to do, just giving you some ideas.

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I believe we have forgotten how to tune into and listen to our bodies, because if you listen hard enough they will tell you what they need.

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My tips for healthy eating:

+ Ditch the label.

I believe that more often than not we get so caught up in the label that we forget to just eat healthy, nutritious food. We get so caught up in what we can and can’t eat that we either eat nothing at all or just say “screw it” and eat whatever, and whatever is usually unhealthy. Maybe it’s just me and my all or nothing personality but every time I label the way I am eating I get really strict and find I end up depriving myself and not really eating much at all. I find that I no longer enjoy food, I find it becomes something to be fearful of, which is never a good thing.

+ Do what works best for you.

What works for you may not work for someone else and that is totally cool. That’s why it’s so important as I said above to listen to your body, what food gives you energy, what food leaves you feeling sick and yuk? They are the foods you should be both eating and avoiding. It’s all about respecting your body, so that you only want to give it food that makes you feel amazing.

+ Keep it simple.

For some reason so many people think that eating healthy has to be really complicated, well I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. A great way to look at it is to include in your diet less processed, packaged food and more fresh food, just by simply reducing the amount of packaged food you eat, you will naturally be eating healthier. Don’t overcomplicate this, it doesn’t have to be so confusing. Keep it simple.

+ Don’t deprive your self.

Ohh boy this is one I still find myself doing from time to time. How many of you have said that’s it I’m giving up chocolate (be honest, I know there will be a few of you!!). How many of you have then found straight after making this declaration to the world all you can think about is chocolate, you want it more than before. For some reason as soon as we tell ourselves we can’t have something, it’s all we want. Instead I like to say I will just enjoy one coffee today, or I will have only 1 piece of chocolate after dinner. I find this to be much more achievable and sustainable. I get to enjoy my favourite foods but not over indulge. I actually speak a bit more about this in my free opt in

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Needing a bit of inspiration to cook some healthy recipes – this has actually been me this week, so lacking the desire to cook!!

My absolute favourite inspiration at the moment is Jessica Sepel, if you have not checked out her awesome website then do yourself a favour and head on over. Jess also has a great new cook book, and the thing I love most about it is that the recipes and simple and tasty, best combination ever.

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So there you have it, my top tips for eating healthy. I would love to hear your top tips, share them in the comments below. Do you know someone that might be interested in this post? Please share it with them, I would love to keep sharing my knowledge far and wide.

And finally if you would like some 1:1 support and guidance to improve your eating habits, I would love to work with you, head this way for more info, or simply send me an email ali@aliclyne.com

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