5 steps for healthy living in summer

As summer approaches it seems that sugar is everywhere. It can be easy to overload on the sweet stuff, only to crash in energy and feel lousy soon after.

Keep reading for small, simple lifestyle changes you can help pick you up and get you back to feeling better again.

1. Hydrate with water

Ditch the sugary drinks and reach for water instead – it’s free, accessible and sugar free! Not to mention you’ll feel your mood, concentration and energy levels will lift in no time. Find more tips to help you cut back on sugary drinks.

2. Move more

Exercise not only improves your mood, physical function and sleep but helps reduce your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and 13 types of cancer.

Find out more about how you can be active every day and what kinds of activity you can do.

3. Mind over munch

It’s okay to have a few treats, but be mindful of the amount you are eating. Eat small amounts of what you actually want, not everything in sight. You’ll feel better for it. Read our top tips for eating mindfully.

4. Choose whole foods

Eating real, whole foods as part of a healthy diet is important for keeping your body healthy and strong. It can also improve your mood, help with weight management and protect your body against disease. Find out more about what a healthy diet looks like and how it can improve your overall health.

5. Find and prepare healthy alternatives

Have healthy and convenient snack options prepped and ready for those hungry times. Here are some of our favourites to help you snack better:

  • Swap a bag of lollies for fresh or dried fruit. Full of vitamins and fibre, these healthier options will fill you up and have less added sugar than a bag of lollies.
  • Fancy some potato chips? Crunch on chopped veggie sticks and hummus instead with only a quarter of the fat.
  • Small amounts of plain, unsalted nuts are a great healthy snack. Remember to choose this variety over roasted salted nuts!