Super fit sports teacher reveals THE ONE change you should make in your diet in 2022

A sports teacher and mother of two says that while it may sound simple, ‘real, full-grown foods’ are the biggest secret behind a healthy physique inside and out this year.

Belinda Norton, a Gold Coast health and fitness education professional and certified trainer, said her goal for 2022 is ‘to encourage others’ – and her first piece of advice is to increase her intake of raw, healthy foods.

‘It really is the magic elixir for our body’s performance level. These cultivated foods promote internal health from digestion to blood-strengthening components, ‘she wrote.

‘I encourage you to eat raw vegetables daily and increase your consumption by adding vegetables to every meal including breakfast.’

A sports teacher and mother of two says that

A sports teacher and mother of two says that “real, full-grown food” is the “magic elixir” for good health in 2022

Belinda Norton, a Gold Coast health and fitness education professional and certified trainer, said her first goal for 2022 is' to encourage others

Her first piece of advice is to boost raw, healthy food

Belinda Norton, a Gold Coast health and fitness education professional and certified trainer, said her first goal for 2022 is ‘to encourage others’ – and her first piece of advice is to boost raw, healthy foods

When we eat sugars, fruit juices or refined carbohydrates, it goes directly to the liver, where it begins to produce fat, triggers insulin resistance and causes chronically elevated insulin levels in the blood.

Belinda recommends making simple adjustments like adding spinach to eggs, eating raw carrots as snacks, eating baby cucumbers, enjoying cauliflower raw with dips and adding vegetables to every dinner.

“The fact is that food is more than just calories, its information that our cells need to function, it’s the information that our metabolism can use to either run efficiently or sluggishly,” said the mother of two.

‘When we eat sugars, fruit juices or refined carbohydrates, it goes directly to the liver, where it begins to produce fat, triggers insulin resistance and causes chronically elevated insulin levels in the blood, causing the body to store everything, which means it contains toxicity. ‘

She often eats meals like roasted garlic organic vegetables

She often eats meals like breakfast bagels made with a toasted seed-free gluten-free bagel, eggs, spinach, purple cabbage and sweet chili jam

She often eats meals such as roasted garlic, organic vegetables (left) and breakfast bagels made with a roasted seedless bagel, eggs, spinach, purple cabbage and sweet chili jam

“The fact is that food is more than just calories, its information that our cells need to function, it’s the information that our metabolism can use to either run efficiently or sluggishly,” said the mother of two.

She added that “real” food such as vegetables and low-glycemic fruits, healthy fats (nut seeds avocado and olives), gluten-free whole grains, legumes and responsible proteins and seafood) provide your cells with the information they need to function optimally.

“They improve skin, hair, brain function, clarity of mind and immunity,” she said.

‘Eating well should not only be about quantity, but more imperative with quality.’

Belinda regularly shares her health tricks and tips on social media, and recently she spilled her secret ‘five-step routine restart’ to encourage aussies to revise their lifestyles.

So what are the five things you need to do for a ‘routine restart’ in 2022?

Belinda regularly shares her health tricks and tips on social media and recently spilled her secret 'five-step routine restart' to encourage aussies to revise their lifestyles

Belinda regularly shares her health tricks and tips on social media and recently spilled her secret ‘five-step routine restart’ to encourage aussies to revise their lifestyles

Write a to-do list every single day

“Having a daily routine has been shown to reduce stress,” Belinda explained.

‘We tend to fill our brains up with our’ to-do list ‘, and it can be incredibly overwhelming when it repeats itself on a loop in our mind.’

When writing down your list, the physical education teacher recommends putting it in a visible place so your whole family can see it so everyone knows what to do.

This should help get the list out of your mind and mean that everyone knows what to do.

The other thing Belinda swears by is 30 minutes of morning cardio, which helps get you ready to go every single day (pictured on a morning walk)

The other thing Belinda swears by is 30 minutes of morning cardio, which helps get you ready to go every single day (pictured on a morning walk)

Start your day with some cardio

The other thing Belinda swears by is 30 minutes of morning cardio, which helps get you ready to go.

“Start your morning every single day with some sunrise cardio (walking, running, jumping or cycling) 30 minutes before your breakfast,” she said.

‘Research shows that disturbed body clocks are associated with many physical and mental health conditions, including depression, diabetes, obesity and cancers.

‘A routine will ensure that you still feel productive and satisfied in your daily routine, even when it is unpredictable.’

Make this morning exercise a non-negotiable part of your routine, and reap the health goals in as little as a week.

3. Write any thoughts before bedtime

The third thing Belinda said she does religiously is to write her thoughts a little bit every night before bedtime.

“Creating your goals and chores for the next day really helps you stay motivated,” she said.

‘Write down both the moments of the day that you are grateful for and what you intend to do tomorrow.’

Then make sure to get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night to maximize your rest.

Writing a weekly dinner menu is one of Belinda's favorite habits (one of her dinners in the picture), and she recommends placing it in a visible place so everyone can see

Writing a weekly dinner menu is one of Belinda’s favorite habits (one of her dinners in the picture), and she recommends placing it in a visible place so everyone can see

4. Write a weekly dinner menu

Writing a weekly dinner menu is one of Belinda’s favorite habits.

“Place it in a visible place so everyone can see and try to keep the menu for two weeks on rotation to really save mental space, time and money,” she explained.

If you can, get into a good routine of preparing a healthy snack, meal or muesli every Sunday.

This will mean that you are far less likely to reach out for something unhealthy when you are tired and timeless during the week.

Finally, Belinda revealed that having a workout or training regimen locked in will keep you 'motivated, mobile and attuned';  she does 30 minutes of strength three times a week

Finally, Belinda revealed that having a workout or training regimen locked in will keep you ‘motivated, mobile and attuned’; she does 30 minutes of strength three times a week

Do 30 minutes of strength three times a week

Finally, Belinda revealed that having a training or exercise regimen locked in will keep you ‘motivated, mobile and attuned’.

“Our mobility is our health,” she said.

‘Time is our most states barrier in exercise, but we all need to prioritize moving our bodies for our health.’

Make sure you do 30 minutes of strength work three times a week, as well as your daily cardio for the best results.

“Add stretching and some fun and passionate fitness activities outdoors to create a truly balanced body routine,” Belinda said.

You can follow Belinda Norton on Instagram here.

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