It’s that time of year again when we tend to let healthy eating fall to the waist side and we over-indulge a bit. With Christmas just a week away, it seems as if the festive countdown started months ago.
No sooner had the unwanted Halloween masks been cleared before supermarkets thrust upon us advent calendars, chocolate selection packs and cheap booze (not that we’re complaining). Even our beloved radio stations couldn’t wait until December before playing the likes of Band Aid, East 17 and that one by the Pogues that we all love.
No matter how early in the year, it’s hard not to use the first reminders of Christmas as an excuse to eat too much, drink too much and scrap healthy eating until the New Year.
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food”- George Bernard Shaw
So by the time ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is being played at midnight there’s a huge hole in our wallets, a button’s popped in our jeans and we’re just starting to get fed up of it all. For a country where more than 60% of adults are considered overweight, the end of the festive binge can act as a harsh reminder that we need to take better care of ourselves.
Cue gym membership sales in their thousands, ‘New Year, New Me’ statuses on Facebook and a revolutionary weight-loss diet that is even more bizarre than the last one. Although most of us are aware that eating and drinking too much can be bad for our waistlines, not many of us know exactly which foods to turn to when deciding to be healthier. Obesity in the UK has now reached a staggering 27%, which begs the question: could a knowledge gap be one of the significant reasons we struggle with our weight?
Aside from physical consequences, more and more experts are studying the mental impact that poor diet can have on us. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has seen a steady increase in the link between mental health disorders such as depression alongside obesity.
Not only can certain foods give us more energy and help us to lose weight, but they can also improve our mood and decrease our chances of becoming depressed. If you’re interested in gaining expert knowledge about healthy eating, why not have a look at our online Nutrition Consultant course. You can study around work and family commitments, whilst also gaining a recognised qualification.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” – Buddha