Sheffield nutritionist Hannah Bailey is urging a healthy start to 2014 for the whole family in her regular column...
If weight loss is your goal for 2014, here are my top tips for success:
1 Stop thinking you’re on a diet. Diet is temporary, lifestyle is permanent
2 Remove all temptation from the house. Not having sweets/crisps/biscuits in will not harm the children or anyone else
3 Start planning meals and shopping accordingly
4 Shop locally at market or independent shops. We have a wide range in Sheffield and not only does it support local business, their food can be better quality than supermarkets
5 Cook from scratch and make your own ready meals for busy days. Foil containers are very cheap
6 Ditch the sugar. Sugar is a bigger problem than fat. By stopping sugar, you eat less fat as the two are commonly found in the same products.
7 Eat food in its most natural state: butter, cheese, yoghurt etc should be full fat not low fat as they have been more processed
8 Allow yourself to cheat. If you have what you really fancy every now and again, you will have far fewer cravings and eventually the taste for junk will go
n Hannah has her own Sheffield-based company, Wise Choice Nutrition. Go to her website: www.wisechoicenutrition.co.uk