It’s not hard to identify the global downside of human dietary habits. We’re choking the seas in plastic, picking up cancers from chemical preservatives, diabetes from palm oils and sugars, wiping out nature at just about every turn, and killing our overweight hearts by sitting in front of the television for days on end, worrying about it.
Then there’s the wasteful carbon footprint that has much of our diet travelling further than many of us do in a lifetime, just to get on our dinner plates.
But the news isn’t all bad. We do seem to be exercising more; cycling is on the up, despite the state of our roads, and Veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle in the Western world. So, as more and more of us are taking steps to improve things in our own little patch of the cosmos, here are a few food and drink tips to help you stay fit and ahead of the game.
- Eat fresh and enjoy a varied diet
- Watch your weight and waist size
- Eat plenty of fruit and veg
- Opt for healthier fats
- Include oily fish in your diet
- Get enough fibre
- Reduce your salt intake
- Eat calcium-rich foods
- Boost B vitamins
- Keep well hydrated
- Take a vitamin D supplement if you are over 65
- Remember supplements and functional foods don’t replace a healthy diet
- Be physically active
- Go easy on alcohol
- Look after your teeth
- Don’t smoke
- Get enough sleep
- Keep your brain stimulated
and let us know how you get on!