I don’t believe in food rules. Food rules walk a very fine line between healthy eating and deprivation. And I find that they don’t just build negative connotations around foods, but they also affect your feelings of self worth, and promote guilt associated with food.


The approach I 100% advocate for all health and weight loss goals is around moderation, self love and enjoyment. So I have put together 10 steps that I guarantee will improve your physical and mental health in 2017:


  1. Choose water. Don’t worry about how many glasses. Just choose water when you are thirsty and remember to drink throughout the day.
  2. Eat breakfast. When you nourish yourself from the outset, you will be less likely to choose quick, high sugar snacks later in the day when you are feeling tired.
  3. Eat plenty of fibre. It helps you feel fuller for longer, is important for digestion and protects you against a number of diseases.
  4. Watch your sugar. Don’t quit it or swap it for a different one. Fruit is perfectly fine to eat, and in fact is incredibly good for you.
  5. Eat more veggies. You want 5 serves of these every day. As well as giving you many vitamins and minerals, thy are packed full of fibre and low in calories.
  6. Wholegrains are incredibly good for you. Include a few good quality serves in your diet every day. They are full of fibre and vitamins
  7. Eat fermented foods. Whether its yoghurt or fermented veggies, thy will keep your gut bacteria in balance which is good for your physical and mental health.
  8. Move every day. But do something you enjoy.
  9. Aim for 7 hours every night. And if you have a little one, then look for opportunities to nap!
  10. Be thankful. Look for those golden moments in your day and reflect on them regularly.