As March is 'Nutrition Month', we wanted to offer some simple tips to help you change your diet and live a more healthy lifestyle.
Eat more healthy fats:
Rather than cut out fat completely, choose healthy unsaturated fats which can improve cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease, and benefit your blood sugar levels. Healthy fats are found in avocados, nuts and seeds.
Top up with vitamin rich foods:
Omega 3 is important for brain function. It improves memory and quick thinking. It can be found in oily fish.
Iron is a vital vitamin which gives you energy and is essential for making red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body. It can be found in red meats and leafy green vegetables such as spinach.
Consume less sugar:
Slowly reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. This can be tricky as sugar is found in a variety of foods that you may not even think of, such as ready meals, tinned goods and pasta sauces. Consider using natural herbs and spices to flavour your food, and give your taste buds time to get used to the new flavours. Substituting sugar for natural sweeteners such as Stevia or honey.
Introduce plenty of fibre:
As we age our digestion can become less efficient, so it’s important to include more fibre in your diet. One of the best ways to get fibre into your diet, is to start the day with a high fibre cereal and snack on fruit throughout the day. Whole grains, oatmeal, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruit are all great sources of fibre.