Healthy Body Healthy Mind – 80/20 Eating Rule Tips to Help Achieve Both

Healthy body healthy mind. 10 simple healthy eating tips to help you achieve both. Use these 10 tips on a daily basis, alongside following the 80/20 rule and you’ll soon begin to reap the benefits of a much healthier lifestyle.  

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Hey Folks, something different today. It’s been a while since I used my nutritionist education to bring you some keeping it real healthy eating tips. So here’s an article I’ve written for you, healthy body healthy mind with some of my top tips to help achieve both. I hope you find it useful.

Our health is the greatest gift we have. Too often it’s underestimated and taken for granted. We need our health so that we can pursue every opportunity and chance at happiness that life has to offer.

If you’re reading this and you’re lucky enough to have a healthy body that’s in good shape, you should try and do everything you can to keep it that way. I’m not saying it’s easy, I’m just saying that it’s mindful to think of what you are doing to yourself when you know you are doing something unhealthy.

It’s far better to keep to a healthy lifestyle of sensible eating and a reasonable exercise routine which your body will thank you for. In turn your mind will focus on the more positive side of life. A feeling of wellbeing and happiness. Enabling you to continue to pursue whatever it is that you enjoy doing.

So just how, exactly, do you go about attaining this ultimate level of health that can lead to a fulfilling and happy life? That leads to a healthy body and a healthy mind? I have to tell you there is no quick fix. No quick diet or sudden exercise routine to jolt the system to a state of nirvana.

The way to good health for both the body and mind is to make small sustainable changes for the better, which can, and will, last your lifetime rather than opting for those quick fixes I mentioned earlier.

Here’s some of my top healthy eating tips to help you achieve that healthy body, healthy mind:-

  1. Drink more water. Aim to drink at least 2 litres (3 – 4 pints) of water per day to prevent dehydration. Hydration is a vital part of being healthy, make it a priority to carry a water bottle around with you and refill it throughout the day.
  2. Aim for at least 7-8 hours sleep a night. Getting enough sleep at night goes a long way to protecting your body. People who get a good quality sleep on a daily basis tend to make better food choices and have slimmer waistlines. The reason for this is that when you are sleep deprived and constantly tired you crave more energy and may be tempted to reach for food of a higher fat and sugar content to get that energy.
  3. Eat breakfast. Studies have shown that breakfast is important in maintaining a healthy body weight. Many people who have not eaten breakfast snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar. After having slept for 7 – 8 hours your body needs to be properly refuelled. Breakfast doesn’t need to be a huge effort; keep it simple for mornings when you have to be out of the house fast. Better still, prepare the night before.
  4. Take your own lunch to work with you. This means you are fully in control of the calorie content that’s in the food that you’re eating, plus it will save you money. Soup is one of the easiest things to make in bulk and then freeze in individual portions. You simply take a soup out of the freezer the night before work. Microwave it at your work place or heat it before you leave for work and take it in a thermos.
  5. Eat on a schedule. A person who eats 2,000 calories throughout the day will often have more energy and tend to lose more weight than the person who eats the same amount of calories all at one meal. Eat breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack and dinner. See Healthy Living section for my schedule.
  6. Cook at home more. Plan your weekly meals and do a weekly grocery shop. You will make better food choices, save money and be less tempted to opt for a home delivery if you’ve food in the house. Check out my recipe page for lots of healthy recipe ideas.
  7. Choose whole grains. Oats, brown rice, wholegrain rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat and whole grain bread – choose these instead of highly processed white or enriched grains. Whole grains have a lower glycaemic index and so they don’t affect your blood sugar levels as much as simple carbs. Plus they still hold all the vital vitamins and nutrients that processed grains have had removed.
  8. Eat more greens. Brussel sprouts, broccoli, green beans, peas etc. Green vegetables are extremely nutrient dense foods. Not only do they help to fill us up and contain hardly any calories but they also provide our bodies with an essential range of vitamins and minerals.
  9. Exercise. Start by walking more. Leave your desk as often as possible at work. Go for a walk in your lunch hour and after dinner. Aim for 10,000 steps per day. You can get an app for your mobile or a pedometer to track this. Join a gym and set up a regular exercise plan that you can stick to and you enjoy. It takes time and it’s not easy starting out but remember how good you feel when you’ve finished, concentrate on that and you’ll keep to it.
  10. Treat yourself. Remember the 80/20 rule. Eating healthy is not a chore, it is a sensible lifestyle involving moderation and balance. Enjoy your favourite treats every now and then. Don’t deprive yourself, you can indulge because you eat healthy for the rest of the time. Look forward to that piece of cake or glass of wine because you will have earned it.

These are simple steps that you can put into practice now. There’s no having to wait until 1st January to start this as a New Year’s resolution.

Even if you’re reading this having set yourself a New Year’s resolution that didn’t quite come off and you fell back into your unhealthy ways, well that was then, this is now. Don’t beat yourself up, make a list of how you can start achieving these small steps on a daily basis and take control of your own healthy destiny. That one, where you feel good and healthy about yourself in your mind because you’ve treated your body with respect and given it good, healthy choices.

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Comments

  1. YES to all of these things!
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  2. Wonderful post Neil – I so loved reading it! I am a huge fan of trying my best to stay healthy, though I struggle to drink enough water and get 7-8 hours of shut eye. Having lost my dad after he struggled for many many years with his health and a mom who currently has been struggling with her health complications has made it easier for me to try to choose to be healthy – this life can be a wonderful thing – if we are and stay healthy!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m so glad you liked it Shashi. I enjoyed putting it together. 🙂

      Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad due to ill health, and my thoughts and hopes are with your mom getting better.

      When you put it all into perspective, our health really is our greatest wealth isn’t it?

  3. could not agree more! and i love the 80/20! it’s all about ENJOYING life too. Realistic goals to health!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Lindsay, it’s all about moderation isn’t it? But keeping it all in check. As you say, realistic goals 😀

      I myself, could not be without the odd glass of wine, or piece of cheesecake…… 😉

  4. ::raised hand, bows head:: PREACH
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  5. Simple steps that are often times seem so difficult to accomplish! I love these steps and am pretty good at all of them except for sleep these days (that happens with twin babies)…and I love love love taking food to work one…saves time, $, and healthier! I have recently begun packing my husband’s lunch at least 3 days a week.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks for your comment Sarah. I loved your site. 🙂

      I can imagine that with twins it will be difficult for you to have a regular sleep pattern = challenge 😉

      I would struggle to know what to get for my lunch if I didn’t make up a packed lunch, I need to plan these things. The savings in doing this definitely come in handy elsewhere though! 😀

  6. Great advice, thanks Neil. Despite my love of all things foodie and naughty, I actually stick to a lot of these tips for the most part, and am lucky enough that it pays off and I’m a fairly healthy bunny. Our health really is so important, and so many people don’t look after themselves enough. Your tips are straightforward and easy to give people a kickstart if they’re not used to it.
    Thanks
    Ellen

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey Ellen, thank you 😀

      What you say is absolute proof, that sticking to these straightforward tips for the majority of the time, but still enjoying yourself for those treat times works. 🙂

      And life wouldn’t be good if we couldn’t enjoy cake every now and then. 😉

  7. Love this list and whole heartedly agree with it! I still struggle with getting enough sleep and getting enough steps in each day now that I work from home, but I hope that as the weather warms up, I’ll be able to get outside for a walk or two during the day in addition to other exercise a few times a week.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Meg, I’m so with you there in hoping that the weather soon warms up here too, so I can get outside for a bit more walking during the day.

      I do my gym routine early first thing in the morning, and try and get out for a short walk, even just to the shops. It can be challenging when there’s a howling wind and heavy rain outside, like now. 😮

  8. I agree with all of these and try to put them all into practice myself. Great information, Neil. Hope you are having a healthy and wonderful week!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Ashley. I enjoyed reading through your latest blog update and your eats from Sunday. 🙂

      We are having a pretty healthy week, yeah, as next week we’ll be away on a short break and enjoying some fantastic foods up in the Scottish Highlands! 😀

      Have a great one yourself!

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