Nutrition is a hot topic and people can, and do, spend hours arguing about the best way, the correct way, the healthiest way to eat and about how certain foods are evil and we should tax them (yes I’m looking at you millionaire Jamie Oliver).

Personally I think everyone has to find their own way, that might not sound very helpful but there is no point trying a way of eating that just doesn’t work with your life.

Now of course I’m not advocating eating fast food 24/7 because your lifestyle happens to be that you hate cooking. I am advocating finding an eating style that enables you and your body to function well 24/7 AND (this is the important bit) sustainable for you in the long-term. There are going to be cracks and dips, success is rarely a linear progression, but finding a way that you can eat healthily 80% of the time is the key to long term success and by long term success I mean your body and you feeling fit and healthy, which is nothing to do with what your body looks like.

Whilst I say that everyone has to find their way, some people may like some information about how to find a starting point. I suggest people who are looking to change their eating habits to improve their health start at the governments Change4Life website.This website is based on the current recommendation of the Eat well plate

Eatwell plate, health, nutrition, paleo

Now at the moment that might sound a bit unfashionable what with Paleo, Atkins, Intermittent fasting, 5:2 etc. Why would I possible recommend something so boring? Because it has everything you need presented in an uncomplicated way to make small and simple changes to your diet which will have good results. It’s something the whole family can follow, it doesn’t require a 6 figure income to afford organic eggs and meat and it works long-term without depriving you of occasional treats or the ability to go out for supper without taking your own tupper-ware.

Do I agree with everything on the site? No. For example I think low-fat yogurts are the devils invention (based on taste alone), I think there is NO POINT in 1% milk and NOTHING, I mean NOTHING could persuade me to swap my butter for margarine or low-fat spread (I won’t even lower myself to spreadable butter).  However for some plain written, informative guidance on how some small changes can help improve your health then I think it’s a great place to go.

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Having worked in IT in London for 15 years I was made redundant in 2009. I had trained as a gym instructor whilst working and decided I would rather spend the rest of my career doing something I loved than look for another job in IT. I furthered my qualifications with a Certificate in Advanced Personal Training from the highly regarded Premier Training. Many personal trainers are generalists covering all areas of fitness but I took the decision to specialise in the over-50s and therefore went on to do a CYQ Award in Functional Training for the Independent Older Adult Level 3. My focus is on overall health rather than fitness. I believe that making small changes can have a long term positive effect on health and well-being.

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