Our Five Principles of Healthy EatingJames
Hi everyone and happy Monday,
What a weekend!
Punch Foods made its debut appearance at the wonderful ‘Little Shop of Health’ event at Sheridan Retail and what a little hub of health it was.
Thank you to all of you who came and we are so happy to have introduced you to Punch Foods.
For those of you who purchased some Superseeds we hope you are enjoying them and we’re loving the instagrams of them in action so keep them coming.
A hot topic of the weekend was definitely the question of what is ‘clean eating’ and what is the ‘right way to eat?’
Our belief – There is no one right way.
We’re not big fans of harsh rules at Punch Foods but have put together our top five principles that we believe promote healthy eating.
Whether you are paleo, vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, pescetarian, raw, macrobiotic or plain old beans on toast our simple principles will help you lead a healthy lifestyle whichever way you eat.
Breakfast is key.
If you think about it it’s all in the name: break – fast.
The gap between dinner and breakfast is probably the longest one our bodies go without eating. Our body reacts to not eating for prolonged periods of time by dropping it’s metabolic rate. By eating breakfast you’re giving your metabolism a wake up call, enabling your body to start burning calories and get you going for the day.
…And by that we mean natural colour. We advise to eat a rainbow of colours in your diet which you will find mostly in fruits and vegetables. Making sure you eat a variety ensures that your body gets all of the right nutrients that it needs. Go wild. Try a purple cauliflower, krim tomato or crazy squash. There’s plenty out there to experiment with.
Shun processed sugar.
It’s a fact, sugar is one of the most addictive substances that this world possesses and as a nation we are hooked. It is hidden everywhere and under numerous names.
Dextrose, Fructose, Lactose, Maltose, Sucrose and Xylose…don’t be fooled. They are all sugar. Our first advice anything ending in ‘ose’ stay well away.
Processed sugar is a real killer for you body. Aside from causing a rollercoaster in our blood sugar levels followed by the inevitable crash it is also one of the main things that causes premature aging so if you want to avoid those wrinkles try and avoid it.
Forget calorie counting.
Calorie counting is definitely one of our pet hates. Our belief is that instead of focusing on the numbers we should shift the focus to choosing nutrient dense, wholesome foods.
Try to choose foods in their natural state. Make your tomato sauce by buying fresh tomatoes and herbs instead of opting for the jar version. If you buy meat be sure to buy it fresh and organic. You will be amazed at the amount of unpronounceable and unnatural ingredients there are in a packet of ready sliced chicken not to mention sugar!
By focusing on eating wholesome and nutritious foods you will probably eat more mindfully too meaning that you will shed any unwanted pounds without even thinking about calories.
Look after your body and it will look after you.
This one isn’t directly related to eating but is a huge factor in the way we feel about ourselves affecting the way we eat and visa versa.
Exercise is key. Before television and computers we lived a much more active lifestyle. Just doing half an hour of exercise a day will make a difference. Exercise provides endorphins making us happy as well as improving our focus. People who exercise regularly are more inclined to make healthier food choices. When you feel better about your body you want to keep fueling it with things that make it feel good. Similarly when you eat better you want to use that fuel to do good. Think of it as the opposite of a vicious cycle and more of a vibrant one.
That’s all from us for this week. Promise we wont bang on so much next time. Please leave feed back as it would be great to hear your thoughts.
Until next time, stay happy people!