7 simple ways to become fitter and healthier

Most of us will have broken our more extreme New Year's resolutions by now, the promises of diets and daily gym visits a distant memory.

But there are simple changes you can make to your lifestyle for a fitter, healthier you – Nutritional Therapist Gabriela Peacock gives us her top seven tips

1. Increase your water intake
Set yourself a goal to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. If you’re a caffeine addict, try swapping your morning coffee hit for a herbal tea.

2. Cut back on the sweet stuff
Hooked on sugar? Swap chocolate for fresh or dried fruit. If you’re still desperate for that afternoon pick-me-up, smother a wholenut butter like almond or cashew on oatcakes for a sweet hit that contains far more nutrients than sweets and chocolate.

3. Swap white for brown
Less processed and more natural foods mean more vitamins, minerals and fibre. Swap your white bread, rice and pasta to whole grain.

4. Allow some downtime
Stress causes the release of cortisol in the body, which can be detrimental to our digestive and immune systems over time. Let go of your stresses by allowing for ten minutes a day to calm the mind through meditation, yoga, walking, or enjoying a cup of your favourite herbal tea.

5. A green juice a day…
… keeps weight gain at bay. Try replacing one meal a day with a green smoothie full of nutritious leafy greens such as kale or spinach. This provides you with a dose of magnesium, calcium, stacks of vitamins A, C and K, antioxidants and iron. All of these are important for liver detoxification, digestion, elimination and weight loss.

6. Eat the rainbow
Include antioxidant rich berries, leafy greens, carotene rich squash, sweet potatoes. All the fruit and vegetable you can squeeze into your diet, in all the colours of the rainbow!

7. Powder power
Powders are a great addition to smoothies, juices, cereals or stirred into yoghurt. Green powders, such as wheatgrass, are rich in chlorophyll, digestive enzymes and dietary fibres which aid liver detoxification and cleanse the digestive tract.

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