27th April 2015
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
Clients often ask me for quick tips to help them make small but significant changes to their lives. Here are my top five that will help to get you into a happy and healthy state of mind.
Always eat within 1 hour of waking up
This is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism. If you can get your body fuelled and ready to start burning calories from the get go, you will be more energised, able to concentrate better throughout the day and burn calories more efficiently.
Don’t eat any solids after 7:30pm
Ever heard the saying “Eat like a King at breakfast, a Prince at lunch and pauper at dinner”, well this is the idea behind not eating solids at night. Throughout the day you would have given yourself the energy that you need to get you through your daily tasks. At night you don’t want to overwhelm your metabolism so keep your evening meal small and simple.
Drink 2 litres of plain water per day
It helps if it’s cold. Drink a glass of water as soon as you open your eyes in the morning. This way you get the first glass out of the way and it also helps you to wake up! Read all about the importance of drinking water here.
Make sure you eat every 3 hours
In between your three main meals, make sure you have a small snack. This will help to balance your blood sugar levels which will help you to make better decisions when it comes to choosing what meals to have and also helps your insulin levels to stay low which in turn reduces the amount of fat your body turns its energy into. You obviously need to be eating the right thing for this snack, sorry, ice cream doesn’t count!
Don’t eat anything processed
Anything and everything that you eat needs to be in its natural form. Shop the perimeters of the grocery store and and make everything from scratch. This is a lot easier than it sounds. Basically if you can’t tell exactly what food you are about to eat by looking at it don’t put it in your mouth. For example a chicken nugget doesn’t look like a chicken so don’t eat it!
Have a happy Monday and beautiful week.