The Scottish Mail on Sunday
Eat yourself healthy...my ultra-simple 10-point plan
Eating well is about a holistic view, not focusing on a single component like calories or carbs. To get started, here are my top healthy-eating tips:
1 Listen to your body. If you are hungry, eat… but not because the clock says it’s meal time.
2 Cut out processed food and drinks. Know what you eat.
3 Drink eight glasses of water a day. Keeping hydrated supports all your organs.
4 Try to eat not five or ten, but seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
5 On your plate, your pile of veg should be large, protein (chicken, meat, fish, legumes) middle-sized and carbohydrates (brown rice, potatoes – not fried – brown pasta) should be the smallest.
6 One or two treats a week isn’t going to kill you. But if you are going to have a piece of cake, make it homemade.
7 Fast for 12 hours at night so your body has time to reboot. If you eat breakfast at 7am, don’t eat dinner later than 7pm.
8 Try not to eat on the run. Sit at the table and enjoy meals.
9 Everything you feed your body will have an effect. It’s your choice whether that effect is negative or positive.
10 Love yourself enough to eat a healthy diet. Please. I am living proof that it works.