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One Small Change To Benefit Overall Health

Overall Health: 12 Easy Ideas For One Small Change To Make A Difference To Your Overall Health

How Can One Small Change Make A Difference To My Overall Health?

Nutritionist and regular Linwoods contributor Jane McClenaghan at Vital Nutrition talks us through how one small change can benefit your overall health.

One Small Change To Benefit Your Overall Health

You know how it goes. January comes around and we commit to getting fit, changing our diet or losing weight and it’s all or nothing. Out with the Christmas chocolates, in with the green leafy vegetables!

While New Year’s resolutions will get you off to a good enough start, it can be hard to keep the momentum going when we get back to the daily routine and grey days that January can bring.

What if 2024 was different? What if, instead of committing to a radical overhaul of your diet, you made small adjustments to your diet this year instead?

It’s the little habits that we can commit to doing every day that make the biggest difference to our health and wellbeing. Not the January diet, or start-again-on-a-Monday exercise regime. If you could make just one tiny change to your diet each week, by the end of the year you could radically transform your nutrition.

If you are serious about changing your diet for the better this year, then here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Add an extra spoonful of vegetables to your plate at each meal. You won’t notice much difference, but this could add up to an extra seven portions of vegetables a week. More fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, just by eating a little extra each day.
  2. Take a closer look at the ingredients list of the foods in your shopping basket. Do you recognise all the ingredients listed as real foods? If not, make the swap for a less processed option.
  3. Try a new recipe each week. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated or time consuming, but it will increase the variety, interest and nutrition in your diet. Try some of the Linwoods seed mixes in a seasonal overnight oats recipe with warming spices like cinnamon or ginger and winter fruit like mulled berries or poached pears.
  4. Get into the habit of adding milled flaxseed to your diet every day. You’ll be getting a healthy dose of omega 3 fats, topping up your protein levels and adding extra fibre to your diet.
  5. For an extra winter boost of the sunshine vitamin, why not try Linwoods Milled Flaxseed with Bio Cultures & Vitamin D. A 20g portion will provide 100% of your daily RDI of vitamin D.
  6. Add something to your diet that you are going to enjoy eating. We all know that broccoli is good for us, but if you don’t like it, try a different green vegetable. Why not try kale, leeks, rocket or watercress instead?
  7. Check out the frozen food aisle. You will find a great selection of frozen vegetables, fruit and herbs there that can save you time, effort and money. A great way to add more variety to your diet.
  8. Cook once, eat twice. Get into the habit of batch cooking and make extra to take for tomorrow’s lunch or pop into the freezer to save time cooking on another day.
  9. Eat chocolate every day! Chocolate is a great source of polyphenol antioxidants, but it has to be the dark stuff to make the difference. Choose chocolate with a minimum of 75% cocoa and get into the habit of having a little every day.
  10. Swap one of your cuppas to a herbal tea to help keep yourself well hydrated. This can be an easier switch than drinking cold water at this time of year.
  11. Move your body every day – even a 15minute walk at lunchtime will count!
  12. Get outside every day. Getting out in daylight at this time of year is important to help reset your sleep-wake cycle. Commit to 15-20 minutes outside every day for a week and see how it makes you feel.

Make One Small Change with Linwoods Health Foods Cold Milled Flaxseed

When it comes to healthy eating, it really is the little things that matter.

Change just one thing and take a step towards improving your diet and nutrition.

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Jane McClenaghan is Northern Ireland’s most recognised nutritionist with over 20 year’s experience. Her company Vital Nutrition specialises in developing and delivering group sessions for corporate and community clients both online and in-person as well as running an online membership club and offering one-to-one consultations.

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Jane’s knowledge in the subject area of health and wellbeing is unrivalled as indicated by her qualifications, reputation and experience.

Jane’s sessions cover a range of health and wellbeing topics from mental health to stress, female and male overall health, healthy eating on a budget, heart health, sleep, family wellbeing and much more.

Jane is also the author of two books on nutrition, she writes a weekly column in the Irish News, has a monthly slot on radio U105 and is a regular contributor to the BBC, The Belfast Telegraph and many other media outlets.

You can find out more and get in touch with Vital Nutrition Here. If you enjoyed Janes article on improving overall health why not check out her other blogs throughout our website as well as further tips to improve your overall health on her website.

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