Naturally, at Nutrichef we focus on diet and eating healthily, yet we understand that it’s not that simple as there’s more to being healthy than eating right- although it’s a great place to start! Food is just part of the picture, and so that you maximise the impact of your Nutrichef Meal Plan we’re determined to give you as much support as we can.
We all hear about lots about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? Of course there's diet and exercise, you probably don’t drink too much and certainly don’t smoke, but what else is there?
Reducing stress, improving sleep, reducing your exposure to toxins, being proactive with your health care, maybe.
You might also add being comfortable with who you are and your relationships with others, as well as what you do with your time - how balanced is it?
Most of us will have found one or more of those things out of sync, but the trick to restoring healthy living is making small changes.
Take exercise for example, we know it's good for us, but most of us in the western world simply don’t get enough. Yet it doesn’t have to be complicated or vigorous - the truth is, the more movement you do, the healthier you'll be. Even daily activities like gardening, housework and walking can make a difference.
Just adding a little more movement to your everyday activities can:
• Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
• Prevent osteoporosis and fractures
• Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
• Enhance self esteem
• Reduce stress
Building your healthy lifestyle doesn't have to mean a revolutionary makeover. In fact, small steps to build habits that become part of the way that you live are much more likely to succeed.
Here are 10 small steps that may just take you closer to that healthy lifestyle; when you’ve mastered these why not come up with ten of your own?
1. Something fishy
We love fish at Nutrichef, it gives us access to lots of nutrients that many of us otherwise lack in our diets. Simply add one more portion of fish a week to your menu.
2. Turn back the clock
Add 'don't smoke' and 'drink sensibly' to the rest of the list and you'll have a huge impact on your life expectancy, say scientists. These two things combined with diet and exercise will reduce the effects of ageing.
3. One step forward
Pedometers were all the rage a few years ago and we were all supposed to count our steps. Yet simply walking more than we do now works, so leave your car at home for one journey every week.
4. Hugs - the universal medicine
Simply hugging friends and family releases chemicals in the body that have been linked to lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. Besides that it makes us feel good!
5. Nothing like the sun
Vitamin D, helps us fight heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and even some types of cancer. So whenever you get the chance, get outside in the sunshine. The mental health charity MIND also recommends outdoor exercise to boost emotional well-being.
6. Don’t get boxed in
There was a 1970’s children’s TV show that said: Why Don’t You... switch off the television set and go and do something less boring instead? And with most of us in the UK likely to spend 20% of our lives in front of the box, the question still holds true today.
7. Laughter is inner jogging
Like hugging, laughter releases chemicals, in particular, hormones that give us a boost. It’s now widely believed that positive and optimistic people live longer.
8. Lift each other up
Surround yourself with a strong support network - a group of people who will be there for you and join in your healthy lifestyle as well - have fun and enjoy life.
9. Clear out the junk
Be conscious of what you eat, avoid those things you know are not good for you and moderate the ones that feel a bit naughty!
10. Blend your life
For years we’ve talked about balance in our lives. Maybe in the 21st century we should learn to blend; the perfect blend of ingredients can deliver an amazing dish!