Team shortlist24 Jan 2016 AT 03:09 PM

5 easy ways to have a healthy diet

"Forget everything you've ever learned"
Team shortlist24 Jan 2016 AT 03:09 PM
5 easy ways to have a healthy diet
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Tempted to ditch your new year diet and reach for that slice of cake? Kristin Fraser says it is possible to see your best diet intentions through to the end of the year.

We are all prone to setting wild goals when it comes to detoxing and dieting in January. We tell ourselves we’ll never eat fries or bread again, we can live off green juice and reducing future portions to the size of an egg cup is totally doable. It’s likely by now your best of intentions are on the slide. Raw Food Chef and Holistic Nutritionist Kristin Fraser (essentially.ae) explains how to nurture your body the so you feel and look great, without missing out.

STEP ONE: FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNED
Calorie counting, portion control; Struggle. Restriction. Discipline – all outdated diet concepts that don’t address why you are eating unhealthy in the first place; stress, hormonal imbalances, toxic overload, compromised gut health, your underlying emotional state. Educate yourself by watching documentaries on nourishment like “Hungry for Change”.

STEP TWO: TAKE IT SLOW
Start nourishing yourself slowly and steadily by taking time to journal your intentions. Focus on your personal “whys”; do you want more energy? Better skin? Feel better in your body? Seeing a practitioner to help relieve stress and identify any allergies and intolerances. Deal with underlying issues behind your food choices and allow yourself to feel deserving of the potential positive outcomes.

STEP THREE: FOCUS ON NUTRIENTS
Obesity can be looked at as a form of starvation - starvation of nutrients. When we consume food that lacks nutrition, we tend to overeat which leads to weight gain, hormonal imbalance, inflammation. The most nutrient dense foods come from plants, so incorporate quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, dark leafy greens, and fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, think about going back to a Whole Foods Diet – full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes and other natural foods.   

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STEP FOUR: AWAKEN YOUR INNER CHEF
Mashing half an avocado with a squeeze of lime juice and dusting of cumin and sea salt you have a basic guacamole! Confidence with preparing simple delicious foods is a must. You just have to start. Use simple ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh herbs to dress up a salad. And learn how to make raw chocolate. The perfect afternoon treat that’s also a good dose of magnesium.

STEP FIVE: EAT IN ABUNDANCE
The biggest flawed concept in nutrition is to lose weight or feel better we must eat less. Deprivation isn’t the answer. Start your day with a chia pudding for breakfast, hummus and cucumber for a snack, large salad with half an avocado for lunch, and a veggie black bean burger on sprouted grain bread for dinner. Eat more, feel better, and most importantly feel satisfied! 

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