Thankfully, the old tired practices of restricting calories and resisting temptation are over.

If you are looking to get fitter, healthier and happier in 2020 you do not have to go hungry, or cut down on food.

With all the new apps now available on i phones, it has become easy to see just how much energy we consume on a short walk, or a good full day out in the hills.  This is a great aid for managing your food intake, in relation to your activity.

The phone app ‘Adidas Running’ (runtastic) works on your phone in airplane mode and records the essential details of your walk, such as –

Distance 3km, Duration 1h30, Altitude Gain 427m, Average Speed 2,0km/h Calories 400.

This is a great tool, helping you to gauge your food intake, in accordance to your efforts. It’s also motivating to have your walks recorded, to see just how much you have done and how your walking pace progresses.

Can Comfort Food be Healthy?

If you have a sweet tooth, you could replace regular chocolate bars (high in butter and sugar) with real chocolate.   If you choose a dark chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70% or above, it’s hard to eat more than a couple of squares.

Why not pick something from your local boulangerie, as opposed to a pack of supermarket, mass produced cakes. Better still, you could batch make  some snacks using healthy alternatives to industrial white sugar.

Homemade muffins, flapjacks and energy balls are quick and easy to make, sweetened with maple syrup, dates and ripe bananas, this is healthy comfort food, high in energy and good for mountain walking.

If you want some really good inspiration for healthy recipes that are totally guilt free, take a look at three of my favourite sites, ‘Non Stop Healthy’  ‘Vegan Enginee’ and ‘Clean & Delicious’

Written by Frédéric Cesari

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