Happy Monday! 🙂 I love Monday, do you love Monday? New day. New week. New goals. New attitude. Happiness all around.
I thought I’d share a few of my nutrition tips that have worked for me over my health/fitness journey! People always ask how to eat and it’s honestly so difficult to answer. I feel like sometimes people expect a secret answer, but in all honesty – eating healthy for me means eating balanced and a variety of foods. I eat foods I enjoy, that fuel and give me energy and make me happy. I’m not going to tell people what to eat and what not to eat because I believe all food can and should be enjoyed (in moderation)
1. Water for days!
Water water water. Drink it up. Flavor it with fresh fruits and vegetables. Lemons, limes, mint leaves, cucumbers, berries – the options are endless! Water is so good for you – it keeps you hydrated, it keeps you full, it flushes out your system. A lot of people are dehydrated and they don’t even know it. Also, people tend to mix up hunger with thirst. Keeping a bottle of water with you at all times is a great technique to make sure you are drinking lots throughout the day. Replace the sugary juices, sodas and highly carbonated caffeine drinks with water and not only will your digestive systems thank you, but so will your skin!
2. Say goodbye to microwave meals
When I was in university it was so easy to buy 2-minute microwaveable meals. Heck, they were advertised as “healthy”, low-calorie, cheap, quick and easy to make! Sounded great to me. But, when I actually took the time to look at the Nutrition Label and evaluate the ingredients, this option was not so good. These meals are small portions, so yeah they are maybe 200 calories – but they didn’t keep me full. Also, the sodium content was out-of-the-roof. Now, I cannot recall the last time I had a microwaveable meal. You can still prepare meals that are cheap, quick and easy without resorting to highly processed meals that basically taste like plastic.
3. Don’t be afraid to try new foods
Almonds, sweet potatoes, fish, oatmeal, yogurt, apples. Just to name a few of the foods that I only started eating in the last couple of years. Before, I would say no to sweet potatoes just because they were orange (LOL). I didn’t try certain foods for no reason. Since then, I realized there are some absolutely delicious foods out there that are healthy! Imagine that. Seriously, just try things. You might find a new favourite food! Also, this makes it easier to say goodbye to some of the not-so-good foods you eat on a regular basis. I used to eat ice cream after school every day. Now, I hardly crave ice cream because I can satisfy my sweet tooth using various healthier options (take a look at my recipes :))
4. Don’t deprive yourself
This is probably the worst thing you can do. Makes sense, if I eat breakfast and then don’t eat all day then I’ll lose weight. Wrong. You’ll get home and you’ll be so starving that you will eat your entire kitchen plus half of Africa. Seriously though, if you eat healthy snacks throughout the day then you won’t come home and binge (on probably junk food) at night. Bring snacks with you to work, to school, out shopping to ensure you always have something to eat when you get hungry. You’re less likely to indulge in something you really don’t need.
These are just a few tips/tricks that have worked for me. Making small changes will result into bigger changes in the future. I promise. I’m a living example.
Thoughts? What other issues do you guys find difficult to change?