Move your body more. Do calf raises while washing up. Park further away from the supermarket. Rollerblade, walk, dance.
Ditch the soft drink. Gradually if you have to
Recognise when wellness warriors are using fear to lure you into buying into their ideals
Unfollow every social media account which makes you feel that you are not healthy enough. The ones with the constant green smoothies, ab shots and eating nothing but alfalfa and raw carrot type accounts (they’re everywhere!)
Eat more veggies. Five serves a day is what you need to aim for. Hardly anyone in Australia is meeting this target. 1 serve = 1 cup salad or 1/2 cup cooked veggies
Trust your instinct when it comes to nutrition. You know more about what to put in your body than you think you do.
Don’t hand the power over to a stranger, by jumping on a bandwagon without using your instinct
Go to bed 5 minutes earlier
Breathe deeply. It works
Write a list of your good qualities. It’s hard, but completely necessary
Start paying yourself respect and stop speaking poorly to your body. You’ve got a big bum? Your bum doesn’t make you who you are. Talking to yourself negatively about your big bum every day, does. It drags you down and makes your heart heavy
Eat fruit. 2 pieces a day WILL NOT make you ‘fat’ but it WILL make you feel fabulous because of all the nutrients it contains
Eat a little less meat. 100 grams red meat per day max with a couple of meat-free days per week
Drink cold-pressed juices if you want something nice and fancy to drink but save your money because they don’t contain any spectacular nutritional benefits over normal juice. A piece of whole fruit is a healthier option
Donate clothes that are too small for you to charity. Comparison is the thief of joy, and holding on to clothes that are too small for you, for when you one day might fit back into them, is a constant reminder of who you were rather than who you are
NOW. Comparing yourself now to then only creates negative feelings and will not help you on your positive health journey
There’s no reason to fear food. Everything is a poison, what matters is the dose. Be aware of which foods to eat a little less of, and go with that. Fear of food is unhealthy
Your body is your temple. The foods you eat nourish it, but your body also houses that miraculous brain of yours. Look after your thoughts and feelings too. Restrictive eating is neglecting your psychological health. No point having a healthy body at the expense of your psychological health (fad diets, I’m looking at you)
Fads come and go, but you’re here to stay. Choose the approach that you know you can do for the rest of your life
Don’t believe every piece of nutrition info on the net. Find your reputable sources that you trust. Make sure they have qualifications
If you have kids (or spend time around kids) don’t speak about your body to them in a negative way. They’re listening and learning
Eat chocolate cake if you love it, but eat it mindfully and enjoy every mouthful
Make a rule: No social media while eating. That way, you’ll be able to tune in to your own hunger and satiety feelings and be able to stop when you are full. You’ll appreciate the food so much more
Do your nutritional best every day, but make sure you have some fun along the way. Enjoy a slice of cake with a friend, go out to dinner and enjoy it, cool cupcakes at midnight if that’s what makes your heart happy (just don’t eat the whole lot, hahah!)
Tara is a university qualified nutritionist, renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition and health. She helps people learn how to live a healthy life without the need for fad diets or expensive crazy ingredients. Just real food.
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