Five Useful Diet & Lifestyle Tips

1. Snack Attack

Whilst snacks can boost your energy between meals and supply essential vitamins and minerals, it’s important to snack wisely. Try to only snack when you’re hungry, and avoid the urge to nibble when simply bored.

Plan your snacks by keeping a variety of ready-to-eat supplies on hand, such as fruits, nuts, whole-grain crackers and low-fat cheese.

2. 8-a-day Hydration

Every system in your body depends on water, and a lack of it can lead to dehydration. The amount a person needs to drink to avoid dehydration will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. However, as a guide, the Department of Health recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day. This works out to be about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses.

3. Don’t Give up the Nice Things

Living healthily doesn’t have to mean giving up all the things you enjoy. The more you feel like you are compromising on your fun, the less likely you are to stick to any new regime. Make positive changes to your lifestyle by making better choices rather than saying no.

4. Vitamins and Minerals

Drinking 100% fruit juice, whether from concentrate or freshly squeezed, offers many health benefits due to the high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C can help improve your body's ability to heal cuts and bruises and vitamin A is good for the health of your skin and eyes.

5. Keep a diary

Research has shown that when people are asked to record what they eat they make healthier choices without being prompted to do so.

Writing down what you eat makes you accountable and you’re better equipped to analyse and adjust choices over the day.

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