Welcome to 2022! We have a really good feeling about this one, don’t you? At the very least, we’re confident that we can make it a happy and healthy one with a few simple eating and lifestyle tips:
Ditch the healthy eating trends
Every year, new information about nutrition drives healthy eating trends that don’t make sense for everyone. We’re looking at you $13 avocado toast!
This year, we recommend ditching these trends in favour of listening to your body and using common sense. That means, eat when you’re hungry, focus on a balanced diet, and enjoy foods that help you stay satisfied. Start by replacing that trendy café brekky with some homemade brisling sardine toast—we promise it’s just as satisfying.
Eat Real Food
Even if you’ve managed to curb your chip addiction, you might be relying on processed foods more than you think. If you’ve jumped on the previously mentioned healthy eating trends, for example, you might have protein powders or artificial sweeteners in your pantry. This year, focus on eating more whole foods by reading the labels and ingredient lists. Look for simple ingredients you recognize, like those found in Club des Millionaires’ brisling sardines, which are made with just wild brislings, water or oil, and salt.
Drink more water
If you find yourself feeling sluggish or hungry without an obvious reason, it’s likely that you’re not getting enough water. This year, make it your mission to get a minimum of eight glasses, or 2litres, per day. To help you keep track and inspire you to drink more, invest in a great 500ml or 1L water bottle that you like.
Mindfulness is a hot topic these days and with good reason. More and more, research is showing us that mindfulness can be applied to every area of our lives with positive results. Even if you’re not in the habit of meditating every day, you can practice mindfulness. Try eating mindfully by removing all other distractions. That’s right, turn off the TV and put down the smartphone. By being present while you’re enjoying a meal, you’ll find that you’re full faster and enjoy your food more.
We might be stating the obvious here, but exercise is an important part of staying both happy and healthy. Exercise has countless physical benefits, but it also helps to regulate mood and improve sleep. If the idea of working out is daunting to you, rest easy knowing that even a brisk 15-minute walk is a healthy way to keep your body moving.
By incorporating these tips into your diet and lifestyle, you’ll be on your way to your happiest and healthiest year yet.