We live in a world that bombards us with information about what to eat, when, how and why. The media is full of features about weight loss, scientific breakthroughs and miracle superfoods; but one of the biggest obstacles that stands between us and health is being able to separate the fact from the fiction. Knowing what to eat has become so complicated that it is no wonder that people are so perplexed. This confusion is a relatively new phenomenon, and with increasing prevalence being placed on nutrition, eating the right thing is undoubtedly only going to get more difficult.
The irony is that it isn’t rocket science - it is in fact very simple. Even if we know what to do, many of us find it difficult to adapt our understanding into our busy daily lives.
There are 10 Principles which underpin the Eat Better Forever approach. These principles have been created according to basic human physiology, and by explaining exactly how food interacts with the body, they create a guide how to reach the optimum weight naturally, but also maximise long term health so the individual looks, and feels better.
Sports Inside's 10 Principles:
1. Combine Food
Always eat complex carbohydrates, such as grains and pulses, with proteins at every meal. Together they break down more slowly creating a steady flow of energy that helps keep you powered up and feeling satisfied for longer.
2. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water and non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day encourages your body to function better and can help keep you focused and alert. Herbal teas, juices and soups work well; though avoid carbonated drinks, especially those with sweeteners.
3. Mix & Match
Variety is the spice of life and by eating a wider range of wholesome foods you are more likely to get the nutrients your body needs. Try a new food every week to make life more interesting and keep you motivated to eat better forever.
4. Little & Often
Eating just three main meals a day can lead to those all too familiar energy highs and lows. By eating smaller amounts more often your glucose levels, and therefore energy, should remain steady so you feel satisfied for longer.
5. Start Smart
Always eat breakfast to wake up your body and kick-start your digestion with fresh fruits and whole grains that provide sustained slow-release energy. Don’t forget your protein, so add in seeds, yogurt or an egg everyday.
6. Cut It Out
As tasty as it can be, sugar in all its forms creates excess energy far too quickly, which can end up being stored as fat. Be careful; sugar is hidden in many foods and avoid sweeteners too as they just tend to reinforce the habit.
7. Act Now
Regular exercise helps your body function more effectively, even while you’re at rest. Keep what you do varied so that you don’t get bored and remember, any activity that raises your heart rate is good, from a brisk walk to a full workout.
8. Eat 80:20
No foods are forbidden; otherwise you’ll just end up craving the things you’ve denied yourself. But when you do give yourself a treat make sure it’s as wholesome as possible – even high cocoa chocolate has beneficial nutrients, just try to avoid sugars.
9. Stop & Eat
Taking time out to eat will help you enjoy your food more whilst getting the maximum goodness and pleasure from your meals. Chewing slowly also helps aid digestion, so don’t rush it.
10. Love Fat
‘Essential’ or ‘Omega’ fats found in oily fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds are vital for the cells in our bodies and in the conversion of food into energy. These unsaturated fats are also beneficial for our skin, nails and hair, and can help you feel good from the inside out.