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Thursday 2 October 2014

Having a healthy attitude to food

Siobhan Byrne

Published 19/07/2014 | 23:50

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It is important to have a healthy relationship with food.
It is important to have a healthy relationship with food.

Have we become a nation of food addicts, so much so that we end up having an unhealthy relationship with food?

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There is nothing wrong with loving your food, but we do need to remember a few key things. First and foremost, food is a fuel. Put into your body what you want to get out of it. There is nothing surer than filling your body full of processed, sugary foods will lead to problems in the future.

Key tips to help you sustain a healthy  food plan

Don’t start your day with sugar or white carbs like white bread, cakes, scones, sweet breads, cereals, cereal bars, biscuits, etc I guarantee you will not be able to resist more sugar throughout the day if you do this.

Fill up on protein

Protein is your answer to feeling fuller and not craving foods. If you are craving sugary foods, it’s more than likely you are not eating enough protein.

Eat more vegetables

Don’t rule out carbs totally. Apart from vegetables, look at which other carbs are good, like sweet potato and brown rice. They both release energy slowly which will stop that high you get from white carbs, usually followed by a low.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, know your portion size.

Avoid buffets

Most people cannot control themselves at a buffet. Regardless of whether the foods are healthy enough, we tend to eat far more than the portion that is required by our body, thus resulting in over eating and developing our appetite for more food  in future meals.

Make sure each meal you eat contains a good source of protein, good fats and carbs.

Plan your meals

The best way of sticking to any food regime is to plan exactly what you are eating and have it prepared.

You have the power to choose what you want to eat. There is nothing stopping you, only yourself. Many people will blame outside influences for them not being able to stick to a healthy eating plan, but the truth is, it is out there for you if you want it.

Limit dinners out to weekends only, leaving a good five day week of eating really healthy, balanced foods that you are in control of.

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Drag Curls

1 Stand holding a barbell  with a palms-up grip and your hands shoulder-width apart,

the bar resting across the tops  of your thighs.

2 Pull your elbows back and contract your biceps to “drag” the bar up your torso toward your shoulders. Then slowly lower the bar back to the start position the same way you brought it up.

Bench Incline Row

1 Holding a dumbbell in one hand with your arm straight,  place the opposite knee and  hand on an inclined bench,  keeping your back flat.

2 Lift the dumbbell up to the side of your chest, bending at

your elbow.

3 Lower the dumbbell back to a straight arm position, keeping your back flat throughout.

Cross over press up

Support your body on your toes and hands with your elbows bent and chest nearly touching the floor.

2 Push up to a straight  arm position.

3  Move one hand across the other, crossing at the wrists.

Move the other hand out and away, opening your hands again  to shoulder-width apart.

5  Lower your chest towards the floor, bending at the elbows.

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