Hi, my name is Susanne Kirlew, welcome to Healthy Eating Made Easy, a column dedicated to healthy eating and lifestyle. In the coming months, topics in this column will include easy-to-follow recipes, healthy eating tips and lots of great information for a healthy lifestyle. In addition there will be lots of information on how to implement these tips so that making the switch to a healthier lifestyle is hassle free.
Healthy eating is a growing concern and many people want to know how to eat healthily but don’t know where or how to begin. This column is the answer for those and all people.
N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T for a New Year
The N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T. acronym stands for Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Air, Rest, Trust. This is a quick way to kick start your healthy eating effort. Food plays a huge part in our health and food has the power to both heal and destroy our bodies. I have come across many people who have fallen into the trap of eating a poor diet and are now seeking knowledge on how to change the way they eat. Eating healthily is good, but for optimum health it has to go hand in hand with some other factors.
The history of N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T.
In the early 1970s a group of people dreamed of having a non-profit health centre for the prevention and treatment of degenerative disease. Through the generosity of many Seventh-day Adventists in giving their time and money, the Weimar Institute of Health and Education was opened in May 1978. What is now known all over the world as the NEWSTART Principles, was only a list of the modalities of healing. During the first few months when the institute first opened, one of the health guests put the principles into the easily remembered N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T. acronym which stands for Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Air, Rest, Trust.
Are you eating healthily? To check if you are, keep a food diary for a week and then analyse it. In addition have a look at the ingredients of what you are eating. Some products are marketed to look healthy, but when you read the ingredients it can tell a different story
Now you don’t have to be the next Jessica Ennis or Ussain Bolt, but it’s important to start slow and increase the amount of exercise that you do. Even if it’s only for 20 mins a day to start with; as the Nike slogan says “Just Do It”.
I recently mentioned to a friend of mine that I had been feeling really tired for the past few weeks, the response was “are you drinking enough water “I thought about it and then challenged myself to start drinking 2 litres of water per day and within a week I stopped feeling tired. This is not to say that this is the cure for everyone feeling tired, but drinking water has so many great health benefits
Ok, so England is not going to win many prizes for the amount of sunshine we have. But try to get your vitamin D fix at least once a year. Book a holiday in the sun, there are so many wonderful options these days. You can also make an effort to get outside regularly in the daylight.
When enough is enough, that is when or rather just before then, is the time to stop; all things in moderation.
Simple deep breathing to help relax and to get fresh air into your lungs is invaluable. Take time to do some deep breathing. Breath in for 8 seconds and then breath out slowly for 8 seconds. Repeat this process approx. 10-12 times
My father has been telling me for years:”There is no substitute for rest”. I can’t disagree with that. Rest is a necessity, we can sometimes see it as a hindrance but it is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
Trust in Divine power
According to Michael Olpin in his book entitled “Stress Management For Life” states that people who trust in a divine source tend to be much more relaxed