New Year, healthy you

By Mina Whorms

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but a whole lot harder to stick to. And, as we enter February, many people’s good intentions tend to wane.

Indeed, if you made a New Year resolution to maintain a healthier lifestyle in 2019, but are starting to struggle, then fret not.

To help you stay on track we spoke with holistic nutritionist Andrea Hill to get some of her top tips to eating your way to a healthy way of life.

A whole food advocate, Andrea believes that the food we eat should be simple and real, and that nothing should come out of a box or package. As a nutrition expert, Andrea advocates that food is important for a healthy you because it can support well-being and help fight disease.

Eat more veg

The first and easiest way Andrea suggests to maintaining a healthy diet is to eat more vegetables.

“Vegetables not only supply micronutrients and antioxidants that keep energy up and disease risk down, but they also contain a natural source of fibre, which help feed good gut bacteria for digestive and immune health as well as help keep the body trim and bowels regular,” Andrea says.

Say no to sugar

Foods to avoid?

“Sugar in all forms, especially white flour products and heavily processed carbs,” Andrea says. She also suggests avoiding high fructose sweeteners and artificial ones, such as Splenda. This includes staying away from pastries, cakes, cookies, fried foods, and “diet” anything, like diet sodas.

Avoid eating out

We all love going out for a fancy meal sometimes, but quite often this can contribute to the challenges of sticking to a healthy diet.

Andrea recommends avoiding going out to eat on a frequent basis and instead recommends making it a New Year’s intention to start cooking at home two to three times a week.

“Eating your own homemade meals is a surefire way of boosting fibre-rich vegetables and wholegrains,” Andrea explains. “It also helps prevent the last-minute dinner dash to the fast food drive-thru.”

Ditch the diet

Last, but certainly not least: do not follow diets. According to Andrea, the word “diet” is a word associated with restriction and deprivation.

“There is also a beginning and end to a “diet” and really your approach should be a long-term, or permanent solution,” Andrea explains.

Develop a clean eating mindset

Additionally, as everyone has varying work and school schedules that are never consistent, Andrea suggests finding an approach to clean eating that is permanent, realistic, and flexible.

If your main New Year’s resolution is to achieve your desired vision of health and wellness, these tips are perfect for beginning your clean-eating journey. You can learn more about Andrea’s Holistic Approach to a healthy lifestyle through her website