10 Basic steps to a healthy lifestyle

This week I went to the British Nutrition Foundation conference on Behavioural Change and have also found time to watch a few food/ nutrition related shows including the BBC series “The men who made us fat”. It became clear to me that I had not discussed some of the main principles of a healthy diet and lifestyle on my blog. These are simple principles but for anyone making changes to their lifestyles they are things that should be addressed.

1. Take time to educate yourself about what’s healthy and what’s not. Learn to read food labels and understand what’s in the products you are buying.
2. Eat a healthy varied diet. Avoid in particular sugar, fats and processed foods. Eat more fruit and veg.
3. Eat smaller portions. It’s easy to eat more than we need.
4. Get into the habit of not snacking between meals. Try not to be tempted by supermarket marketing and buy one get one free offers.
5. Increase your activity levels. This is the basic calorific calculation of not eating more than you expend.
6. Maintain a regular sleep cycle. The quality of your sleep effects your emotional wellbeing which can have an impact on your weight.
7. Maintain a good social circle. Having a good social circle helps with motivation support and general well being.
8. Don’t skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast may lead you to be tempted by unhealthy snacks later in the day.
9. Avoid sugary drinks and drink plenty of water.
10. Create mini goals in order to make your overall health goals more attainable.

These 10 points are very simplistic but are core to living healthily.