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Make your habits healthy – try our bite-sized tips for a body boost

1.    Go meat-free

Eating less meat and more vegetables could be the ticket to a healthier you. Vegetarians are 32 per cent less likely to suffer from heart disease, according to findings from Oxford University. Aim to have a few meat-free days a week for a real health boost.

Eating less meat and more vegetables could be the ticket to a healthier

Eating less meat and more vegetables could be the ticket to a healthier

2.    Ditch caffeine

Reaching for another cappuccino for a quick pick-me-up? Caffeine picks you up only to dump you back down, so stop the roller-coaster effect by cutting your intake to a couple of cups a week. Reach for a mug of green tea or rooibos with milk for a healthier start to your morning.

A mug of green tea or rooibos with milk for a healthier start to your morning

A mug of green tea or rooibos with milk for a healthier start to your morning

3.    Eat green

Leafy greens equal a happy body and a slimmer waistline. These dark green beauties help to improve liver detoxification by pushing toxins out of your body. Make sure you fill half your plate with kale, broccoli or spinach at lunch and dinner for clearer skin and a flat tum.

4.    Drink up

Feeling hungry? Knock back a glass of water. Upping your intake of liquids helps to keep cravings at bay while reducing bloating. Make sure you drink at least two liters of water every day, and opt for coconut water and herbal teas over sugar-packed juices and fizzy drinks.

5.    Shop smart

A well thought-out shopping list is a handy companion when you hit the supermarket. Deciding what to restock your fridge with in advance helps to reduce the temptation to fill your trolley with treats, and keeps costs down.

6.    Keep track

Logging everything you eat in a food diary can help you to track your journey with food – and it will help you to make healthier choices in the long run. Monitoring everything that passes your lips may sound dull – who has time for that, right? But it could be the key to cleaner, healthier eating. Looking back over what you’ve eaten each day can help you figure out whether you’re eating for hunger or boredom. So, invest in a small food diary and get scribbling.

invest in a small food diary

Invest in a small food diary

7.    Eat breakfast

Yes, we’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again – a healthy breakfast is keys. Loading up on the good stuff first thing will help you dodge unhealthy cravings later. Researches by Imperial College London shows those who skip breakfast are more attracted to fatty, unhealthy food later in the day – and eat more of it. Make sure you start your day with a tasty and filling brekkie. Try porridge sprinkled with buts and seeds or scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast.

8.    Boost your immunity

Put the pep back into your day with a diet that’s designed to strengthen your immunity. If that sounds complicated, we’ve got good news: it’s easy peasy! All colorful fruit and vegetables – especially oranges, tomatoes and pomegranates – are chock-full of nutrients that will help to boost your body’s defense system. Whip up a stir-fry with a rainbow of veggies, throw peppers and tomatoes into salads or steam a side order of spring greens and carrots. It couldn’t be simpler!

All colorful fruit and vegetables – especially oranges, tomatoes and pomegranates – are chock-full of nutrients that will help to boost your body’s defense system

All colorful fruit and vegetables – especially oranges, tomatoes and pomegranates are chock-full of nutrients that will help to boost your body’s defense system

9.    Fuel up

Whatever you do, don’t go hungry! Eating every three hours helps to keep your blood sugar level on an even keel and keep fat gain at bay, so make sure you fuel up sensibly throughout the day. Keep healthy snacks like raw nuts, oatcakes and fresh fruit on hand to nibble on when you need a boost, but don’t graze all day long! Try to stick to two snack times per day.

‘Don’t go hungry! Keep healthy snacks on hand for a boost’

10.  Stop calorie counting

Totting up your daily calories in the name of weight loss? Stop! Calculating the calorie value of every bites is not only a joyless task, but it’s also likely that you’ll make less healthy choices 0 such as choosing low-calorie options, which are often full of artificial sugars, over whole foods, for optimum health, aim to eat mainly complex carbs, good fats and protein with lots of veggies and fruit.

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