Am I eating healthily?

Sam shares an eight point checklist of indicators you’re eating healthily…

You eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re full

You simply use food to fuel your body. Your eating is led by your body’s natural intuition, and food is not connected to your emotional state.

You aren’t on any kind of “fad” diet

Fad diets don’t work. They can leave your metabolism confused and your body depleted. If diets worked, the majority of people would be a healthy weight now!

You eat a wide variety of foods

There are no such things as good foods and bad foods if you eat a good balance and a wide range of foods. The adequacy of our food intake is determined over two weeks to a month, not a single day, so eating no vegetables on one day will do no harm if you eat plenty another day.

You enjoy what you’re eating

Eating should be pleasurable, fun and sociable, not full of guilt and anxiety.

You’re consistently eating enough for your body’s needs

Under-eating and making yourself very hungry leads to binge eating, but eating regularly through the day will avoid this.

If you do a lot of exercise your body will need more fuel than someone sedentary.

You have enough energy to do the things you want to do

Giving your body the right amount of fuel and keeping your blood sugar stable by eating regularly will give you sustained energy throughout the day.

You sleep well

Eating and sleeping are intrinsically linked. Absorbing the proper nutrients gives your brain the right chemical environment to produce the neurotransmitters it needs to maintain adequate sleep.

Your mood is stable

Undereating and overeating can cause spikes and dips in your blood sugar, leaving your moods all over the place. Food is a fuel for your brain as much as for your body.

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