Where on earth do I start?
Nutrition and wellness have become really confusing. It seems that even the health professionals can't agree on what is good for you.
Let me be direct, the best way to live your life, is the way that is best for YOU - what your friend, your neighbour, your workmates are doing may suit them really well, but it doesn't mean that it is the same for you. For example, growing all your food yourself and cooking everything from scratch sounds like a great idea (and it certainly is!), however, if it adds stress to your life, or reduces your ability to sleep, then perhaps it is not for you. That doesn't mean that you need to live your life in the nearest fast food joint drive-through though.
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT: START WITH ONE SMALL CHANGE. WHEN YOU MASTER IT, CHOOSE ANOTHER HABIT TO CHANGE. REPEAT.
If you are right at the beginning of your wellness journey, then I applaude you and encourage you to start small. When you start this process you will be bombarded with information and pulled in every direction possible. Below are some ideas of where to start. I recommend selecting ONE and focusing on it for as long as you need, before choosing another.
In the beginning. it is great if you can focus on YOU first. As tempting as it is to put your own needs last, please think about this - if you are not in the best possible health, then your loved ones will also be missing out on the best version of you. So, start with you, then focus on the people around you.
Here are some ideas for getting started:
Watch That Sugar Film
Reduce sugar in your daily diet, from obvious sources such as soft drinks, fruit juices, icecream, cakes, lollies
Start reading food labels to identify hidden sources of sugar
Add in some more vegetables to your daily eating
Aim to eat regularly each day - that may be between 3 and 6 meals
Swap your white rice for brown rice (and learn how to cook it properly)
Drink more water instead of soft drink
Look for healthier versions of your favourite meals and experiment with cooking them
Each of these changes adds up to improved health. Go slowly, be kind to yourself and aim for a little bit better with each change you make.