When it comes to eating right, the focus is usually on weight-loss.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight but I want to shed light on why good nutrition, is so much more than low calorie foods.
The food we put into our bodies affects so much more than how our bodies look from the outside. It affects our health, mood, sleep, energy levels, and so much more.
When people first start prioritising nutrition, they may find it a challenge. It’s normal to have increased cravings. You have undergone a total nutrient overhaul and the body may still be craving all the salt, sugar, and processed foods it was used to.
But it’s all worth it when you notice the increased energy levels, decreased bloating, and feeling a lot better overall than you usually do!
Once you remove the unhealthy foods from your diet and start providing your body with the proper nutrition and fuel it needs to efficiently run through the day, you will see how your body was designed to feel – energized, happy, and healthy. Experiencing first hand how drastic the difference is in the way that you feel will help you realize just how important the food you put into your body is to your health and overall well-being.
Your reasons for eating healthy may change over time but paying attention to how the foods you eat, make you FEEL will help steer your nutrition choices in the right direction. Here are some simple healthy eating guidelines to help you get you started:
1) Eat a Balanced Diet
Each main meal should be balanced with lean protein, complex carbs, vegetables, and healthy fats. And don’t forget to hydrate!
2) Nutrients over Calories
Focus on nutrients, not just calories. Avoid foods that are processed, refined, fried, high in saturated fats, high in trans fats, and high in sugar content.
3) Portion Sizes are Key
Be conscious of your portion sizes and savor the food you are eating. Take your time! You will notice that it takes less food to feel satisfied if you eat more slowly.
4) Quality is Important
Buy organic when possible and consume grass fed/free range meats and local produce. It tastes better, is more nutritious, and overall better for the environment.
As with any change of routine or habit, you will need to be patient with yourself. For me to be successful with my eating plan, it needs to be as easy and stress-free as possible.
That’s why my nutritional system works so well for me. It’s designed to feed the body what it needs to be strong, lean and healthy for life! Too often, diet programs make eating so strict that people become overwhelmed and give up.
The prize should be that we have a healthy relationship with food and focus on how food makes us feel rather than on restricting our bodies from the fuel and nourishment it needs.