Very often, the journey to optimal health is paved with contradictory advice. It can feel overwhelming and confusing in a world saturated with one-size-fits-all dietary solutions.
At Nu Mind Wellness, we advocate a personalised approach to healthy eating. After all, every individual is just that—individual. What works wonders for one person may not have the same effect on another. Nevertheless, there are several mistakes you could be making when they're trying so hard to maximise your health.
1. Skipping breakfast
Skipping brekkie is the most significant way to fail at healthy eating. I'm not kidding! Your poor body has been without food for at least 12 hours, and you want to make it wait even longer just to nail your intermittent fasting routine? It's a sure-fire way to upset your blood sugar, increasing your likelihood of grazing later in the day. And if you're stressed, you're creating the perfect storm. If you want to give your body the best possible start, grab yourself a protein-based breakfast. It's one of THE most important things you can do for your health.
2. Fearing the fat
Low-fat diet? Forget it! All that old diet advice has been debunked, so embrace the good fats! Good fats will fill you up and satisfy you, killing the hunger pangs that may arise during the day. Low-fat foods often have additives hidden in them, such as sweeteners, flavourings, or thickeners, and by dodging fat, you lose out on vitamins such as A, D & E.
3. The weekend binge
How often have you hit the weekend and thrown it all out the window? It might seem like a good idea in your sugar/alcohol/carb haze, but you are much more likely to gain weight and create an unhealthy relationship with food to boot. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet all week long, and you will see the results in both mind and body.
4. Diet drinks
Diet drinks help you lose weight, right? Wrong! Loads of studies have connected drinking diet drinks to weight gain. Drinking something that tastes sweet but contains no calories can trigger genuine sugar cravings; it can also affect blood sugar balance, insulin levels and the body's tendency to store fat. So, ditch the diet drinks and grab some sparkling water instead!
5. But it's healthy…
Don't kid yourself. Just because it's 'healthy' doesn't mean you can eat as much as you like. Baking at home is excellent, but just because you have replaced the flour with ground almonds or used mashed bananas instead of sugar doesn't give you the green light to eat the entire batch! The same goes for Paleo' junk food' or protein bars. Limit these snacks to be an occasional treat.