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Maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle



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from the moment we wake up we're faced

with decisions should we walk to work or

Drive take a packed lunch or grab

something on the go with so many choices

in so little time it isn't surprising

that we don't always think whether the

decisions we make through the day add up

to a healthy lifestyle including a

balanced diet kicking off the day with a

nutritious breakfast is a good place to

start why when we wake up our body has

been without food for a number of hours

so we need to eat something to give us

the energy to function from walking and

talking through two critical functions

such as breathing and pumping blood

around our body even thinking requires

energy so breakfast and food generally

is pretty important there are other

benefits too evidence shows that those

who eat breakfast are generally slimmer

than those who skip it and children who

eat breakfast concentrate more and

perform better at school our brain

requires around 130 grams of glucose

which is a type of sugar per day to keep

functioning you'll find glucose in all

sorts of foods from fruit and vegetables

to honey so for a healthy start to your

day and to get that early morning energy

boost

how about enjoying some porridge with

raisins or maybe a small glass of orange

juice and a bowl of whole grain cereal

today more and more of us are eating

on-the-go than ever before this can make

it more difficult to track the calories

we're eating as we go with the added

extras or grabbing a coffee with our

sandwich nutritional labels can help us

keep track of how we're doing

they include lots of useful information

from the calorie content to the

different ingredients including the

amount of total sugars did you know that

when it comes to sugars our bodies do

not distinguish between them whether

natural or added in the home or used in

manufacturing so the sucrose in an apple

is broken down in exactly the same way

as the sucrose in your sugar bowl as our

energy levels dip through the day it can

be tempting to reach for a mid-afternoon

snack

snacks can make up to 20% of our daily

calorie intake so think about how snacks

can complement the other foods you've

eaten through the day

it's also worth thinking about how your

snacks can help you get one of your five

a day a couple of ways to look after

yourself includes keeping an eye on what

you're eating and leading an active

lifestyle the UK government recommends

150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75

minutes of more vigorous exercise for

adults each week as you approach dinner

take a moment to think about the food

you've eaten through the day no single

food or drink contains all the essential

nutrients your body needs also think

about the number of calories you've

consumed and how active you've been

finally don't forget that drinks also

count towards your daily calorie

allowance so that small glass of white

wine or a pint of beer shouldn't be

forgotten when totting up your total

intake for the day whatever choices you

make during the day take a moment to

think about how making even the smallest

of changes could make a big difference

for more information and to find a

series of healthy recipes to inspire you

and your family visit wwm sense of sugar

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