Start your healthier lifestyle now with these 15 top healthy living tips

Here are fifteen top healthy living  tips to help you kickstart your healthier lifestyle to help you lose those stubborn pounds and boost your immune system. By following some simple changes in your diet you can achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables will help to rebalance your hormones and reduce inflammation. Create your own healthy microbiome to boost your immune system and alleviate any digestive issues from IBS/IBD and ulcerative colitis.

Top Healthy Living Tips: One –

Drink More Water Every Day

Aim to build up to drinking between 2 and 3 litres of water per day and preferably drink only filtered or bottled water where possible. Drinking filtered water goes for all your pets too! For more information on the benefits of drinking more water, read our blog Ten Top Tips To Stay Hydrated All Year Round

Top Healthy Living Tips:  Two –

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Tap Water

Tap water contains high levels of minerals and deposits which can lead to kidney stones and liver damage in the long term. Tap water often contains minute traces of prescribed medicines such as antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and birth control pills.

Top Healthy Living Tips: Three –

Buy Fresh Produce Not Frozen

Buy your fruit and vegetables fresh wherever possible rather than frozen or tinned. Fresh fruits and vegetables have many more nutrients and are much better quality and more nutrient dense.

Organic Fruits and vegetables are even more nutrient dense and have been farmed using a lot less chemicals. The best option of course is home grown fruits and vegetables from your back garden or allotment!

Top Healthy Living Tips: Four –

Increase Your Protein Levels in Your Diet

Increase your protein levels in your diet by adding a handful of mixed nuts and seeds, boiled eggs, chicken breast chopped into small pieces or shredded poached salmon pieces into a salad or as a snack.

All of these are easy to store in the fridge in containers ready to go for when you need them. To increase your vegetable protein levels, eat quinoa or teff instead of rice or pasta and add more chickpeas, beans, broccoli or peas into your diet.

Top Healthy Living Tips: Five –

Salad Snack Boxes

Prepare small plastic containers for the week with cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, baby gem lettuce leaves, grapes, sliced apple etc. which you can munch on as a snack or add to a meal.

Apple slices go really well with homemade nut butters and carrot sticks, celery and cucumber go really well with homemade hummus. A daily handful of mixed nuts is also a great snack between meals. Just make sure it is a small portion as nuts as very calorie dense!

Top Healthy Living Tips: Six –

Try Eating Less Fruit & Eat More Vegetables Instead

By eating less fruit you will reduce your daily calorie intake. Some fruits contain a high level of fruit sugars, so try to limit your fruit intake and eat more berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

By choosing to eat more vegetables instead which have less calories, you will have the benefits of all the vitamins, minerals and fibre with less calories overall.

Swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes as they have twice the goodness and half the calories! Choose a range of vegetables in different colours every day and rotate round during the course of the week so you have a balanced intake throughout the week.

To help you vary and balance your diet successfully, follow a well organised meal plan incorporating different recipes every day.

Top Healthy Living Tips: Seven –

Successful Meal Planning Is the Key To Sticking to a Healthy Diet Long Term

Plan your meals using a two week meal planner so you know what ingredients to buy when you go shopping and you can maintain a healthy balance of different kinds of protein, carbohydrates, fats and a variety of fruits and vegetables during the course of the week.

Try to have different coloured vegetables at every meal. Eat the rainbow!

Top Healthy Living Tips: Eight –

Food Inspiration

Look for food inspiration online. There is a huge selection of recipes available online which are quick and easy to cook. You don’t need to buy expensive cookbooks and every expensive kitchen gadget that exists to be able to cook healthy food quickly and cheaply!

Top Healthy Living Tips: Nine –

Storing Your Food Efficiently Will Make a Massive Difference

Don’t store your fruits and vegetables in the fridge for a long time before eating them as foods lose nutrients every day they are stored before eating.

If you want to freeze food to use at a later date, it is better to buy food fresh and freeze it straightaway when you get home rather than buying frozen to start with.

Top Healthy Living Tips: 10 –

Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

Replace pasta dishes with vegetable noodles made from courgette or sweet potato or make vegetable lasagne sheets using a mandolin slicer, food processor or potato peeler to increase your vegetable intake and lower your gluten and carbohydrate intake.

Top Healthy Living Tips: Eleven –

Batch Cooking Saves You Time and Money!

Batch cook sauces like a tomato base for Bolognaise, chili or soups in large quantities when you have more time and then freeze them in individual portions so they are ready to go when you need them during the week and have less time to cook.

Top Healthy Living Tips: Twelve –

Try Something New Today!

Try something new every week. Whether it’s a new fruit or vegetable or a new recipe you try, be inspired to do something different!

There are so many kinds of fruits and vegetables on display at a market stall, large greengrocers or supermarket for you to choose from. Be bold and experiment with new foods and try out some new recipes too!!

Top Healthy Living Tips: Thirteen –

Be More Active!

The more active you are, the more you stimulate your digestive system and boost your immunity. If you work in an office or spend most of the day sitting down, set an alarm on your phone for every hour to remind you to get up, move around and have a drink of water!

Going to the gym is great or doing an exercise class, going for a brisk walk or a run. The list is endless. Choose your fun activity and keep it up. You will feel the difference in your health very soon. To find out more about the ideal exercise for you and top tips for exercising go to our partner website Body Happy where there are blogs on a wide range of fitness and mobility issues.

Top Healthy Living Tips: Fifteen –

Be Patient! Be Positive! Great Things Take Time To Happen.

Starting a sustainable healthy living plan takes good planning, time to put things in place and lots of patience. You need to make changes in your lifestyle, your physical activity levels, the way you eat, your sleep pattern and most importantly your mindset. The more positive and happy you are about the changes you make, the easier the transition will be for you.

Focus on what you can do now and what you are going to achieve over a period of time, not on negative thoughts like I’m never going to be as fit as I was when I was a teenager etc.