It is easy to forget the importance of a balanced diet and the inclusion of exercise into our daily lifestyle. The helpful tips shown here can be used by the whole family. A balanced diet is essential for wellbeing and is proposed on the website; however, any health concerns should always be addressed to a qualified health professional.

Create healthier eating habits

Change eating habits by identifying your weaknesses and breaking the habit choosing unhealthy foods. First ask yourself at what moments during the day you have the most difficulty in eating healthily. Try to say to yourself that from now on you will choose a healthier option that you still really, really like. As soon as you have been doing this for some time, it changes into a new healthy habit automatically.

Drink enough water

It’s easy to think that we are hungry instead of thirsty, reaching for food when your body is actually craving a drink. Staying well hydrated is very important, particularly in summer or when you are active all day. Drink little and often rather than drink a huge glass of water at once. Try to exchange coffee or tea with other drinks, such as water, herbal or fruit teas, fruit juice and sugar free squashes. To make water even more appealing, try adding ice or a sugar-free squash.

Lower your fat intake

There are different types of fats, so choosing the right foods is very important. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood which can cause heart disease. It’s recommended instead to choose for small amounts of products such as olive oil, rapeseed oil, almonds, unsalted cashew nuts, avocado, sunflower and vegetable oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds and oily fish which contain mono and polyunsaturated fats. Trans fat is also a bad type of fat and should be avoided – it can be found in manufactured biscuits, cakes and pastries, and fried foods.

Smart choices whilst eating out

Eating out doesn’t mean being unhealthy, you can still enjoy a meal as long as you make the right choice of dish. Try to choose a main course option that does not come cooked in a creamy sauce or topped with cheese, and go for salad options and a dessert based on fresh fruit and ask for it without cream or rich sauce. Most restaurants will be happy to switch chips for new potatoes or rice, and give the choice of vegetables or salad – just ask!

Inner Well Being: Essential for outer glow

This is our favourite piece of lifestyle advice; it will boost your inner well-being, because inner beauty shines through to the outside. Smile – it’s easy!   Just smile when you are walking down the street – you’ll be amazed how many people smile back at you. Dancing is a great way to burn calories and tone up. Get on the dance floor for a night out put on your favourite CD at home. In around 20 minutes dancing in your living room you’ll burn up to 150 calories and feel much more positive afterwards.

Get Moving!

Exercising can be easy – you don’t even have to go to a gym! For example you are exercising just by doing the housework or cleaning the car. Even when you think you don’t have time, by doing everyday things slightly differently, you can lead a more active life. Try taking the stairs instead of the lift, walk to the shops instead of using transport, take the dog out for a brisk walk or jog, get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. Or start playing sports regularly with friends, and have fun and socialise at the same time!