Lifestyle SuperSpar have carefully selected a range of healthy alternatives to easily shop whilst doing your daily, weekly or monthly shop.
These days there is a lot of conflicting nutrition advice and it seems that, for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you will find another saying exactly the opposite.
The team at Lifestyle SUPERSPAR subscribe to the view that your overall dietary pattern is what is most important. According to Store Manager Brad Buchanan, “The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel. This is why we have made a concerted effort in the last six months to introduce a wide range of amazing natural products in our store.”
BALANCE IS THE KEY
While some extreme diets may suggest otherwise, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body.
Protein gives you energy while also supporting mood and cognitive function. That doesn’t mean you have to eat more animal products—a variety of plant-based sources of protein each day can ensure your body gets all the essential protein it needs.
Fat. Not all fat is created equal. While bad fats can cause weight gain and increase your risk of disease, good fats protect your brain and heart. In fact, healthy fats—such as omega-3s—are vital for physical and emotional health.
Fibre. Eating foods high in dietary fibre (grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and beans) can help you stay regular and lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also improve your skin and even help you to lose weight.
Calcium. Insufficient calcium in your diet can contribute to anxiety, depression and sleep difficulties, as well as lead to osteoporosis. Whatever your age or gender, it’s vital to include calcium-rich foods or supplements in your diet.
Carbohydrates are one of your body’s main sources of energy, but most should come from complex, unrefined carbs (vegetables, whole grains, fruit) rather than sugars and refined carbs. Cutting back on white bread, pastries, starches, and sugar can prevent spikes in blood sugar, fluctuations in mood and energy, and a build-up of fat, especially around your waistline.
To set yourself up for success, try to keep things simple.
Top tips for healthier eating
• Prepare more of your own meals.
Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
• Read the labels. Be aware of what is in your food, as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.
• Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, preventing dehydration which causes tiredness, low energy, and headaches.
• Think smaller portions and take your time when eating.
• Limit unhealthy snack foods in the home. Replace with a variety of fruit and vegetables, seed crackers, nuts, seeds and healthy snack options.
• Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. Also avoid eating late at night.
• Healthy eating starts with great planning. Make sure you have a well-stocked kitchen, a stash of quick and easy healthy recipes, and plenty of healthy snacks.
Shop the perimeter of the store for your groceries (fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, whole grain breads and dairy products), add a few things from the freezer section (frozen fish, fruits and vegetables), and visit the Natural aisle for healthy oils, condiments, snacks and whole grains (like rolled oats, brown rice, whole wheat pasta).