[Lily Simpson/The Detox Kitchen]
From Goji berries to quinoa (pronounced queen-wah FYI), and chia seeds to teff grain, we're all for a health food here at Grazia HQ. So much so in fact, that we've hunted down healthy eating expert and founder of The Detox Kitchen Lily Simpson and asked her to give us her top 10 simple tips for a total rehaul in attitude to what and how you eat. "The most important tip for healthy eating is to not look at it as a diet," Simpson maintains. "You want to eat healthily because you want to feel more energised, not because you want to lose weight. If you stick with these simple tips, you will feel lighter, your skin will glow and you will be energised."
Sounds alright to us. Read on for Lily's top 10 tips. And then pin this list to your fridge. You'll be glowing in no time.
1. Cut out refined sugar - there is nothing nutritionally good about it. You can get all the energy you need from good carbs and the right sugars, found in fruit.
2. Reduce the amount of white, wheat heavy carbs. White bread and rice can easily be replaced with whole wheat, brown alternatives. And thanks to a demand in these types of products, they are getting tastier too.
3. Have a little fat at breakfast. Just half an avocado or a teaspoon of flaxseed oil is great for heart health.
4. Eat more at breakfast. The biggest mistake people make is skipping breakfast or having a tiny portion. Eat good, slow release carbs, porridge oats with rice milk and a good helping of fruit, or avocado on brown toast with a sprinkling of seeds, are perfect breakfasts.
5. Have a healthy fresh juice and some nuts at 11am. Planning to do this will ensure that you don't snack on sugary foods. It will ensure that your blood sugar levels are balanced whilst the nuts will also keep you full until lunch.
[Lily Simpson/The Detox Kitchen]
6. Buy fresh food every day for dinner. If you cupboards are filled with fake, quick food, you will be more likely to just give in and make something quick, than spend time cooking a meal. Cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure that you are getting the most nutrients from your food. You can make a vegetable stir fry in under 10 minutes, so get that wok out!
7. Eat good protein. Protein keeps you full, the fuller you are the less likely you are to snack on processed, sugary foods. You also need protein to help break down the nutrients in your food. Eat a good piece of salmon or chicken breast with dinner or lunch, as well as some nuts, seeds or protein rich grains.
8. Cook with rapeseed oil or coconut oil, they have a higher smoking points than other oils and are therefore less toxic. Always use cold-pressed oil because this method of pressing doesn't use any chemicals or heating to extract the oil.
9. Eat seasonally. Not only are seasonal products cheaper but they are also richer in nutrients and taste better. Its a no brainer really.
10. Don’t beat yourself up if you can't stick to every rule. Sometimes we need a little indulgence, and that it totally fine. Try and stick to the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time eat really good, healthy nutritious food and 20% of the time eat whatever you want. You will feel happier and less guilty if you just allow yourself to eat the naughty things once in a while.