Seven golden rules for healthy eating and healthy living 0



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So you want to eat healthy and live well?  Well, here are my 7 simple rules for healthy eating and healthy living.  Perhaps you can add some of your own.  


Golden Rule No. 1:  Eat a vibrant fruit meal a day

Fruits are cleansing, help strengthen our immune system and are high in antioxidants. Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach and preferably in the morning. 

The three main ways which you may eat fruit are by having a fruit smoothie, a fruit salad or whole fruit pieces such as an apple or a banana.  It is best to add some protein or fat to the fruit meal such as a tablespoon of yoghurt, raw nuts and seeds or coconut oil.


Golden Rule No. 2: Add in a fresh raw salad meal a day.

Salad should make up 4/5 of your plate. The remaining 1/5 is made up of toppings.


Below are some topping ideas you may choose from:


Beans, chick peas, lentils


Feta cheese

Raw nuts and seeds (e.g. walnuts, sunflower seeds, pine nuts)


Boiled Eggs

Steamed vegetables (artichokes, green beans, boiled potato)


These are just some suggestions, feel free to use your imagination and create your own healthy delicious salad !


Golden Rule No. 3.  Use herbs and spices daily

The World Health Organization estimates that 80 per cent of the earth’s population today depends on plants to treat common ailments.

An easy way of incorporating herbs in your daily routine is by drinking them as teas and using their essential oils.

A simple way of preparing teas is to place the herb or herbs in a large 1 ½ liter thermos, pour boiling water over them, close the thermos and let them steep for a minimum of twenty minutes. Drink the tea throughout the day.

Some Common herbs to consider using are:  peppermint, fennel, chamomile, sage, dandelion, ginger, rosemary and nettle.


Golden Rule No. 4.  Take wholefood supplements everyday

Supplements which are whole, organic, plant based, derived from natural sources and are minimally processed are always the preferred choice. Given our polluted and stress filled world it can be difficult, if not impossible to get our full quota of nutrients in our diet.


Golden Rule No. 5. exercise 

Regular exercise can firm muscles, shed kilos, and add a healthy glow to your complexion.

Add in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week.


Golden Rule No. 6.  Limit exposure to toxins

There are so many new substances, some highly toxic in nature, which are proving difficult for both the Earth and our bodies to handle.

  1. Avoid Plastic.
  2. A shopping guideline to follow is: “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it.”
  3. Use personal care products you can eat !



Golden Rule No. 7.  Fun and laughter !  

Play : Quite simply ….. take time out and have Some Fun !


Health and wellbeing includes this balancing of challenge and nurturance.


Have you got other rules you like to live by?  






Barbara Karafokas

Barbara Karafokas ( is a qualified nutritionist, and a health, nutrition and wellness consultant. She inspires others to celebrate and love life by creating healthier eating and lifestyle habits and attitudes for life! Barbara lives on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus. She brings a blend of skills to her practice and teaching. For over twelve years she has been committed to creating awareness about the hidden dangers to health. Barbara is also the author of The Med Life Diet (, a beginner’s guide to creating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life!

  1. I recently went from vegetarian who ate some fish to vegan so eat no meat fish or dairy. Buy all the beautiful, in season, fruits and veggies at a certified organic farmers market and have never felt better in my life.
    The number. 1 rule in my life is do no other beings harm.
    2 look after the planet after all it is our home.
    3 enjoy life we only get one go at it so have fun..

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    • Hi Audrey … love your three steps to living life with consciousness and awareness !

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