Being healthy can be simple and easy. And it doesn’t have to take over your life.
Life is about having things in moderation. Restricting yourself all the time by cutting out all of your little guilty pleasures is not only boring but also means that you’re going to base your life on willpower – and willpower is unsustainable.
Finding a happy alternative and a healthy one at that is the key to having a lifestyle that will make you feel great. It will be sustainable and not based on a diet or a detox.
This is where the Honestly Healthy lifestyle ethos comes in. It’s the 70:30 rule or being a 'flexitarian'. It’s pretty simple and does exactly what it says on the tin.
For 70% of the time you follow a plant based, no refined or processed foods lifestyle and 30% of the time you let your hair down and eat and drink the things that you can’t do without. So you can have your glass of wine, meat or a pizza.
The best way to do this is by looking at your week as your overall 100%. This means that you have about three or four meals per week to play with and fill with your old favourites.
As a result, you are not living a life based on a deprivation diet or relying on willpower. You are following a healthy lifestyle that will make you feel so much better from the inside out.
Not only will you actually start to want less of the “naughty” foods that we all tend to crave, but you will also end up wanting to eat less of them. A couple of bites will begin to suffice. This is because you will become much more in control of your blood sugar levels.
Other benefits will include the ability to think more clearly and stay focused for longer, improved skin and hair, as well as better quality sleep.
For 70% of the time, eat plenty of these foods:
1. Good grains
2. Green vegetables
3. Root vegetables
7. Natural sugars
9. Eggs, Sheep and goat produce
10. Fermented foods
For 30% of the time, you can allow yourself these foods:
6. Cow’s Dairy
9. Processed foods
10. Fried foods