We could all do with some extra inspiration when it comes to what and how we eat.
With so many food and diet myths out there, I'm all about keeping things simple, delicious + nutritious.
Yes it can be that easy.
Too many times I hear about how complicated, expensive and intimidating a healthy lifestyle is.
When in reality a wholesome life; where you fill up on delicious, real foods and thrive; couldn't be any simpler.
It's what we were made to do and what feels so natural.
You just need to get started....
3 Simple Ways to Live Healthier Today:
1. Real is ace
In poker, the ace card ranks highest.
It trumps all else and this is how you want to think about real food.
Those ingredients that you know and recognise as coming from our Earth - whether that be from a tree, flower, plant, animal or the ocean.
Real and really good.
When in doubt, just remember that it's only in the past generation that our societies have consumed processed and refined foods in the way that we now do.
The preservatives, colourings and 'playing around' with food that happens takes us further from our body's natural rhythms and instincts, making it harder still to nourish as we need and of course making that packet of chips/chocolate/cookies look even better.
We're hooked and will remain hooked if we continue to eat this way.
The alternative is far better and more delicious anyway. Real trumps everything.
Between 50-75% of your body is made up of water.
How hydrated we are is key to an incredible number of bodily processes, our pH (acidity and alkalinity), to cell structure, lean muscle adaption and brain power.
There's little going on inside you in fact, that is not affected by hydration.
And once you're thirsty, it's already too late.
So the key here is prevention and if you're in humid climates, air conditioning and/or exercising a lot, you need to be extra vigilant.
Water is our #1 go-to here and you can think of it as food - absolutely key to living a healthy life.
Estimates vary for individuals though between 2-3L is what we're aiming for and to supplement, I'd recommend an unsweetened coconut water. Especially post strenuous exercise or for those living in more tropical, humid climates.
If you're in cooler climates, herbal tea can also be a great contributor to hydration.
3. Own it
There's no need to be embarrassed or inward about living a healthy and thriving life.
It's what you deserve and are made for.
Be proud and enjoy every moment of how incredible it feels.
It's far from selfish or indulgent and you may be surprised to find out that you've inspired others around you to live better and thrive.
A wonderful knock-on effect of daily decisions that we make.
It's not about being perfect, a particular size or only eating this or that.
It is about being truly in touch with what your body needs, enjoying the liberation of eating freedom and no longer making negatively-impactful decisions.
The right way is what feels amazing.