How to maintain a balanced lifestyle?

from the moment we wake up we’re faced with decisions should we walk to work or Drive take a packed lunch or grab something on the go, with so many choices in so little time it isn’t surprising that we don’t always think whether the decisions we make through the day add up to a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet.

Kicking off the day with a nutritious breakfast is a good place to start why when we wake up our body has been without food for a number of hours so we need to eat something to give us the energy to function from walking and talking through two critical functions such as breathing and pumping blood around our body even thinking requires energy, so breakfast and food generally is pretty important there are other benefits too evidence shows that those who eat breakfast are generally slimmer than those who skip it and children who eat breakfast concentrate more and perform better at school.

Our brain requires around 130 grams of glucose per day which is a type of sugar to keep functioning you’ll find glucose in all sorts of foods from fruit and vegetables to honey, so for a healthy start to your day and to get that early morning energy boost, how about enjoying some porridge with raisins or maybe a small glass of orange juice and a bowl of whole grain cereal.

Today more and more of us are eating on-the-go than ever before this can make it more difficult to track the calories we’re eating as we go with the added extras or grabbing a coffee with our sandwich .

Nutritional labels can help us keep track of how we’re doing they include lots of useful information from the calorie content to the different ingredients including the amount of total sugars, did you know that when it comes to sugars our bodies do not distinguish between them whether natural or added in the home or used in manufacturing so the sucrose in an apple is broken down in exactly the same way as the sucrose in your sugar bowl as our energy levels dip through the day it can be tempting to reach for a mid-afternoon snack.

Snacks can make up to 20% of our daily calorie intake so think about how snacks can complement the other foods you’ve eaten through the day it’s also worth thinking about how your snacks can help you get one of your five a day a couple of ways to look after yourself includes keeping an eye on what you’re eating and leading an active lifestyle.

 The UK government recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise for adults each week as you approach dinner take a moment to think about the food you’ve eaten through the day no single food or drink contains all the essential nutrients your body needs, also think about the number of calories you’ve consumed and how active you’ve been finally and don’t forget that drinks also count towards your daily calorie allowance so that small glass of white wine or a pint of beer shouldn’t be forgotten when totting up your total intake for the day whatever choices you make during the day take a moment to think about how making even the smallest of changes could make a big difference.

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