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Health | A healthy new diet for a happy new year

I hope you all had great Christmas and New Year celebrations!

 

For those of you familiar with me, you will know how much I love this time of year. Parties, family, friends, and as many people as we can squash in the house on New Years Eve! But equally, as soon as the 1st of January is over, the decorations are down, everything is packed away and the new years resolutions begin!

 

I love January, despite the fact the weather’s not brilliant and the bank account is empty. It feels like I somehow have permission to start a fresh, clear out the clutter (including people that drain me) and make positive plans to improve my life and those around me.

 

I am reading so many articles at the moment that say ‘why wait until the new year to change your life!’. Yes, I agree with that, but equally, now that the new year is here, grab the bull by the horns, and make those changes. I wanted to give you some new and incredible information to start the new year with. After all there is so much to say.

 

Exercise for example, is as important as the good food that you eat every day. Mindfulness, meditation and yoga and are all vital to give you the headspace that you need in order to make changes for the better.

 

Sleep plays a vital role in your wellbeing, because being deprived effects every cell in your body, ages you and can lead to depression if your not getting enough.

 

But in order to get these balances in your life, it comes back to the same fundamental principle: you must eat well!

 

Boring, I hear you snore! But it’s true. You are exactly what you eat. If you have pain or inflammation anywhere in your body, you need to eat more alkalizing foods. If you don’t believe me, just try it for two weeks and see the reality, feel less pain, have more energy, focus and enthusiasm.

 

Sleep better; exercise more and your reactions to life will be happier, more mindful and far more optimistic.

 

Whether you like it or not eating healthy has oodles of positive benefits – for the body and the mind alike. When we eat well, the wonderful cycle of positivity continues.

 

There is no excuse when you are dining out either! Increasingly, shops and restaurants around the world are getting on the healthy eating bandwagon – making it easier for people to treat their body’s right.

 

This list of 10 of the healthiest foods in the world is just a beginner’s guide – and a simple way for the human body to stay functioning at its best. And as an added boost – these healthy foods are all delicious! Include these in your daily regime and you will start to feel the difference…

 

1. SPINACH

 

One of the healthiest foods on the planet, spinach is packed with energy while low in calories, and provides Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and essential folate.

 

2. BLACK BEANS

 

Filled with super healthy antioxidants, black beans digest slowly – keeping you feeling full for longer. These little beauties are full of calcium, protein and fiber.

 

3. WALNUTS

 

With more antioxidants than any other nut, walnuts are also brimming with Vitamin E, and rich in plant serums, omega 3 oils, and healthy fats.

 

4. BEETROOT

 

Good for the brain and skilled at lowering blood pressure, the humble beet is often overlooked as one of the healthiest foods.

 

5. AVOCADO

 

Eating just one or two avocados a week gives you all the benefit of healthy monounsaturated fats, Vitamin B6 and loads of folate

 

6. DARK CHOCOLATE

 

Chocolate contains more antioxidents, gram-for-gram, than most fruit juices – great news for chocoholics! On top of protecting the body from diseases and helping to prevent heart condition, dark chocolate is a natural mood booster.

 

7. RASPBERRIES

 

Like most berries, raspberries are filled with antioxidants, to help keep the body healthy and free of disease. Fresh or frozen, they also provide Vitamin C, calcium and iron.

 

8. GARLIC

 

This pungent bulb has been used to ward off disease for centuries, as it inhibits the growth of bacteria, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and has some serious anti-inflammatory power.

 

9. LEMONS

 

Often touted as the world’s healthiest food, lemons have strong anti-inflammatory qualities and can help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. They also have just as much Vitamin C as oranges.

 

10. LENTILS

 

Last but not least, this mighty legume is high in fiber and protein and adds great taste and texture to any meal.

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