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Here's to a happy & healthy 2020!

Here's to a happy & healthy 2020!

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

    Is healthy eating high on your New Year resolution list? Well you are not alone, a survey carried out by YouGov in December 2019 states that 41% of the UK population would like to improve their diet in 2020. This resolution is only topped by improving fitness (47%) and losing weight (44%).

    Did you also know that a whopping 47% only managed to keep a few of their resolution made in December 2018 and 28% didn’t keep any at all!

    If you are one of the many who would like to improve their diet in 2020 then we have a few simple tips that will improve your nutrition whilst not restricting your lifestyle!

    • Increase your wholegrain intake.By simply substituting traditional bread, pasta and rice with a wholegrain alternative you will instantly increase your fibre intake.Fibre is vital for a healthy digestive system but a high fibre meal will make you feel fuller for longer, this may mean you’ll be less likely to reach for a snack between meals.
    • Steer clear of processed and refined foods by cooking from scratch.Processed food will undoubtedly have numerous additives, preservative, colourants, artificial flavours and texurants. These refined ingredients are actually artificial chemicals that add various tastes and colours to the food.
    • If you don’t have the time (or the inclination) to scratch cook then study the ingredients on the food you buy.For example, here is the ingredients lists of 2 sourdough loaves which will likely be sold next to each other in your local supermarket:
      • Ingredients: Wholegrain Spelt Wheat Flour, Water, Salt
      • Ingredients: Wheat Flour [with Calcium, Iron, Niacin (B3) and Thiamin (B1)], Water, Yeast, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed, Sustainable Palm), Salt, Flavouring, Soya Flour, Preservative: Calcium Propionate, Emulsifiers: E471, E481, Flour Treatment Agents: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), E920 (Vegetarian)
      Taking the time to check the ingredients list can prove vital to improving not only your diet but your overall health!
    • Try at least one new healthy recipe per week.It can be very easy to get stuck in a routine with your shopping and meal plans.By trying to include a new healthy recipe each week it will increase your intake of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.You never know, the new healthy recipes may just become your new favourite!
    • Try to steer clear of ‘diet’ foods.Often the drinks and snacks that promote reduced fat have used additional sugars or other processed ingredients to replace the taste or texture.

    There are also substantial amounts of research to suggest improving your diet can also improve your mental health and well being. If 2020 is the year for you to improve your health and happiness then have a look at our Health Benefits page to see why switching to ancient grains could help you along the way. Our recipe page will also give you a little inspiration for some new recipes too.

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