Just making some fairly small changes can have a massive impact over time. Here’s some ideas for you that might help you feel good!
Have an oil change
The benefits of coconut oil are well documented. We need a range of foods in our diet and while products with saturated fat in them get a bad press we do need a range of fats for good health. Not overdoing it is the key! So if you are going to use some oil then best to use one that has benefits for your health. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. (Interestingly in patients with Alzheimer’s one 2006 study showed the consumption of medium chain triglycerides led to immediate improvement in brain function for those with milder forms of Alzheimer’s). Also the saturated fats in coconut oil may increase “good” HDL cholesterol in your body, but also help convert the “bad” LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form. So there you go, you can’t deny the science! Personally I use Pura Coconut Oil Blend Spray
Ditch the frying!
Let’s be honest everyone loves fried food! It tastes amazing… and that’s the problem! But it doesn’t need to be. I love my kitchen techie gadgets and I love the occasional chip or two (all part of a balanced approach to food of course). But also, I love to try and keep my son’s healthy! My eldest has left home now but my youngest at 16 is still with us and, like all 16 year olds I imagine, loves fried food – chips, onion rings, …you know the sort of thing. So how do I keep him happy and keep him healthy! Buy an air fryer! Easy to use, virtually no oil required, and lovely golden food – just like it’s been deep fried but without the calories – now that’s got to be good! Which one do you buy? Well check out this great review of air fryers to see what fits best with you!
…and get physical!
I’m not talking about joining the gym. I’m not talking about running a marathon. Although both of those things are laudable things to do. I’m talking about doing a little bit regularly. And what better time than now to do a little something in the run up to Christmas. I’d suggest you join my good friend Father Fitness for his Active Advent. I’m doing it! And so far it’s been just small steps that will make a difference. Start now and it’s easy to catch up. Day 1 was Squats and Day 2 is press ups (just 20!) and you could get to Christmas Lunch feeling great. ….oh and get outside! Get wrapped up and go for a walk. That’s all! Nothing clever!
Feeling good doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to take up hours and hours of your time. It’s all about small changes that over time have a big impact! Let’s do it!