Nourishing your body is one of the most important tasks that we humans have to go about on a daily basis, but all too often we’re happy to fuel ourselves with junk food. It might taste good in the short term but it sure isn’t beneficial in the long run.
Read on for five easy ways to boost your diet:
Cut the sugar
Sugar boosts your energy levels greatly in the short term, but if your body gets too reliant on sugary drinks and snacks you could start to feel the effects of some serious sugar crashes, leaving you feeling more tired than when you started.
Cutting it out is tough, but try to limit your intake and stick to natural sugars, such as those found in fruits and vegetables.
Cut meat out of your diet altogether
You can get all of the nutrients you need with a vegetable based diet – pulses and beans are great for fibre and adding plenty of spinach to your diet will keep your iron levels high.
Protein is king
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, or you’re planning to stop eating meat, it’s important to get some other food stuffs into your system. Try snacking on nuts or adding tofu to your curries as a meat substitute. These contain plenty of protein, which helps to repair and rebuild muscles.
Not just five a day
More and more scientists are telling us that the government’s suggestion that we eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day is too low. Try to up yours to seven or more – a nice, warming veggie curry or stew can pack lots in!
Omega-3 for bigger brains
Studies in which schoolchildren were given Omega-3 oils before exams showed a marked improvement in results. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us! You can get the benefits of Omega-3 by taking it as a supplement daily – it’s also thought to be good at protecting us against heart disease.