Back away from the sweets and the faddy diets people, because 2014’s healthy eating trends are in and these are ones we can all actually follow!
It seems that every year there’s a new trend in healthy eating, but before you start thinking that we’re going to tell you to scoff rare foods from faraway lands or expensive deliver-to-your-door meals, think again! Because food and health expert, and author of Eat Yourself Young, Elizabeth Peyton-Jones says that this year it’s all about changing your relationship with food.
Reading labels, buying and cooking fresh food instead of ready-meals, taking control of our eating habits and educating ourselves about good food will be more important to most of us than trying the latest fad diets (and we all know how those turn out…). Anyone trying to lose weight is much more likely to see their results last longer by following a healthy eating plan that’s easy to maintain, rather than a quick-fix diet.
So what can we do differently in 2014 to make sure we not only start eating healthily, but stick to it?
Take a look through these tips for the healthy eating trends you can expect to see this year…
Ever feel confused by all the information around diet, food and on labels? You’re not the only one, which is why, thankfully, 2014 is about making sense of all that confusing information.
We’ll also be learning to create dishes that are less complicated, addictive, fatty and compulsive, and finding an everyday diet to follow for most of the time without feeling hungry or binging.
Ok, perhaps cutting back on sugar isn’t necessarily a new trend. But this year things are different, as we begin to fully understand the effect it has on our health and weight.
We’ll be learning that just because something sweet is low calorie, that doesn’t mean it’s in any way better for us!
We can’t be the only ones who’ve started a strict fad diet with the best intentions, but slipped up and then quit altogether?
This year, rather than following difficult to stick to diets that are ruined if you stray, follow more general healthy eating plans that build in your indulgences so you won’t feel as if you are going back to the start whenever you break them.
Instead of relying on the doctor, the medicine cabinet or even the hospital when you feel unwell, how about taking control of your health and wellbeing?
Rather than treating the symptoms, try to avoid getting ill in the first place with a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.
Gone are the days when feeling good and looking good are for those in the know, with expensive tools and products. The tools you need for good health and optimum weight are in your kitchen and on your plate.
It’s your choice – good health is not for a select few!
This year, the old saying that we are what we eat has never been more relevant! What we put in our mouths has a huge effect on our bodies, both physically and mentally, as well as impacting on both our short and long-term health.
For example, if you think you might be intolerant to something then try and find the source and change your eating and drinking to sort it.
It’s official, herbs and spices are making their comeback! Sentenced to a life in the kitchen cupboard, this year they’re set to reclaim their place as a medicinal alternative.
Learn about the benefits of ginger, cinnamon, fennel, tumeric, basil, mint and parsley, and pretty soon you’ll be turning your kitchen into a pharmacy!
Anything you make yourself from scratch is going to cost less than ready-made food. So you’ll notice the difference in your pocket as well as your figure!
The benefits of healthy eating aren’t just seen in your bank account; when you feel good, anything can happen!
This year, for every treat you have, you’ll start to learn what the antidote is too. So for every cup of coffee, have a glass of water and a green tea, and for every meal high in acid-forming foods (meat, dairy, sugar etc) your next will be a veggie-rich plateful.
Lastly, in 2014 juice will become your vitamin boost and mineral shot – think of it as a daily treat that improves wellbeing. Make it at home or buy it but aim to have more vegetables than fruit in every juice you drink.
To find out more, Elizabeth Peyton-Jones’ Eat Yourself Young (Quadrille, £12.99) is available from good bookshops or online from www.epjhealth.com