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“We are what we eat…”

Our food is our energy source. Chance are, if you’re not feeling energetic during the day, your diet may be a major cause of that.

Fast food and pre-cooked food lacks essential nutrients that our body needs. Cooking with fresh ingredients will really help your body receive those nutrients, helping you feel more energetic and healthier.

Be aware of certain foods that you eat and how it affects your energy, mood and body. Certain foods may trigger an intolerance within you, causing bloated-ness, lethargy and tiredness.

Keep a diary of foods you eat and what makes you feel good or not.

Become aware of WHY you are eating? Is it hunger or is it emotional eating or to satisfy a crave?

Sticking to regular eating times will help your body adapt to this routine and know when to expect food. 

Sticking to healthy snacks in between meals will help keep your body regulated with energy release. 

Sweets, chocolate, crisps and other foods high in sugars or salts will give your body a temporary surge of energy but will also cause energy dips too rather than slow release regulated energy.

Beans, pulses and lentils are cheap, nutritious and an effective way of bulking up salads, stews, casseroles and soups. Stick some in your shopping basket on your next shop.

Buy in bulk, cook extra meals with your fresh ingredients and freeze what you don’t use for quick and healthy meals another time. This is a more cost effective way to eat healthier and ensure you have better food available to take to work for lunches that you can just microwave.

Get a slow cooker for an easier way to cook meals in bulk without spending hours in the kitchen.

Get fresh meat from a butcher for better quality (Chicken isn’t pumped full of water, bacon doesn’t disintegrate) and also fresh veg from greengrocers.

Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach!

Make a start to better eating by becoming aware of what you eat and why you eat. Start writing a diary to track your food. You may be surprised by how much you actually eat, or by how little fruit and veg you eat, or by how many takeaways you have a week.

Make an effort to make one improvement per week, like replacing one takeaway meal with a home cooked healthy meal. If you can make one improvement each week and stick to it, you will soon realise you are making great progress!

Keep your changes small, simple and consistent. This is what leads to great and successful changes instead of yo-yo and faddy diets that only have short term effects.

So, go get started! What changes are you going to make? 

I know you can do it! I’ve seen countless women make positive changes and continue to do so, get more energy, get healthier, fitter and in better shape.