Maintaining a healthy weight and good health does not in any way have to be an arduous process…not unless you make it so. Having good nutrition is as easy as making small, easy changes to your daily routine that will reap HUGE benefits in the long-run for your overall health and well-being.
I cannot stress this enough…I hear so many times from people who are struggling to maintain a healthy diet and weight that they do not eat a good, balanced breakfast. Whether the excuse it that you think you’re not hungry yet or you do not have the time, you MUST eat breakfast at some point soon after you wake up. Breakfast is literally “breaking the fast” of your sleep, allowing the engine known as your metabolism to use that food as fuel to power your body for the day. Trust me, you’ll feel a whole lot better and more energized overall if you follow this tip.
Snack with purpose!
A lot of us hear the word “snacking” and think back to that bag of chips or that chocolate bar that we had because we wanted to satisfy a craving. Snacking should be done purposefully – meaning that the reason you snack is because your body is actually asking for it, so that you can fill in the gaps between your main meals of the day. By doing so, you keep your metabolism running constantly.
Portion control is key!
PORTIONS PEOPLE! That is the key to your nutritional success. Some people claim to eat nothing but the best foods, but if they are still overweight, that says that they are not properly proportioning their food, resulting in weight gain. Here’s a quick tip…use smaller bowls and plates! Sure it sounds silly, but it really does help!
Watch those drinks
I can’t tell you how many calories we consume through liquids alone. With all of these sodas, fraps, lattes, energy drinks, and alcohol we are consuming waaaaay more calories than we should. If you are a diehard fan of your Starbucks, and cannot bear to let it go, try to treat yourself maybe once a week. For the rest of the week, however, opt for water or seltzer. Seltzer has definitely helped me break my diet soda addiction. More than a year strong! Also…if you consume diet sodas, you must take into account the fact that what you are putting into your body is just as worse as the caloric soda. The chemicals you are putting into your body serve no purpose for your physical well-being, whereas water does.
Eat less processed foods, GO ORGANIC!
If you are addicted to those heaven-sent 100 calorie-packs from the grocery store, try to put them aside for more fresh, organic foods. Foods in wrappers that have been mostly processed contain a lot of sodium, which will leave you dehydrated and unsatisfied in the long-term. If you go for more organic foods, you will feel a lot more satiated more often.
Alrighty everyone! Hope you take these tips and put them in your back-pocket for safe-keeping…they will really help better your physical and mental well-being. Trust me, they really will. 😉
As always, have a lovely day!