Food For Thought (8 of 8) – A Summary

There are countless 'diets' and 'weight-loss' programmes available, all of which promise to help individuals attain better health. But mostly, they are short term options, and subsequently, dropout rates are very high. I place these under the umbrella term of fad diets; some are extreme or ill-conceived, and many cut out entire food groups, which would ordinarily be essential in promoting good health. These types include (but are not limited to), the ever popular reduced carbohydrate/increased fat & protein diets (aka Keto & Atkins). Then, there are those which have cost implications too. What will be the next 'healthy eating' and/or 'weight-loss' fad, I wonder?

So here are the key points of the series:

  1. My advice is not a fad and is offered to you freely. It will help you to achieve live healthier, nutritionally balanced lives, by gradually changing your perception of food, and how you decide to choose what you eat, and the best part is that there are no extremes, and little or no cost implications.
  2. Eating good wholesome food which your body needs in promoting healthier living couldn't be easier. Simply follow the principles I have presented, and find out for yourself: think fresh skinless poultry, red meats, and fish; think pulses & grains; think spices; think whole dairy produce. Go ahead, you have absolutely nothing to lose, but please remember, be kind to yourself and take small yet progressive steps to help maximise your long-term potential.
  3. When you are out grocery shopping get into the habit of checking those ingredients – don't be afraid to reject items which contain dubious sounding ingredients, and then introduce more whole foods to your basket. Not only will you be helping yourself to a healthier you (and your family too), but you'll also get a buzz from choosing real foods over the processed varieties.
  4. Now, enjoy the cooking process and take time to savour the meals you have prepared – chew it slow, chew it well. Eating until you are full is not necessary for promoting good health either, so control portion sizes – try using smaller plates and bowls, and then be content in knowing that you are helping your digestive system get the most from the good food you are now choosing to eat.
  5. Think about your body’s hydration and the types of beverages you drink. Introduce more water and get into the habit of drinking a glass of water before you eat. At other times of the day, try to get a hold of your caffeine and alcohol intake – these only serve to undo all the good you are trying to achieve. When correctly hydrated, your pee will be a pale yellow colour.

Need inspiration? It may be helpful for you to know, that in my adult life, for a long, long time, my own eating habits would have been considered 'normal' by today's standards (read unhealthy, processed convenience foods, snacks, fizzy drinks, caffeinated tea and coffee), and to make matters worse, these were all consumed in excess at times too. Subsequently, managing my weight and health (as for so many of us) had been a persistent struggle. Thankfully, with the simple changes I have detailed in this series, together with some patience, guidance, and support from a wiser being (I refer to my wife, Zee), we too have changed our perception of food, and now, so can you. Have a go, but try not to label what you are doing as being on a diet. Moreover, you are intelligent individuals who are purposefully implementing considered long-term lifestyle changes to improve your health, in this instance, through the types of food you choose to buy and eat.

I do hope that you have managed to find some encouragement in reading my Food For Thought series, and further, to adopt them into your daily life too. So for now, all that remains is for me to bid you all a healthy life, and should you feel the need to for assistance, feel free to get in touch.

Yours, Al

PS. I have intentionally not addressed this series to take into account people with specific dietary requirements. As a result, if this is applicable to you, please ensure that any changes you make to your eating habits remain sympathetic to your particular needs and circumstances. Thank you.

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