Struggling to eat better? You are not alone. In a world where processed unhealthy foods are so readily available it can be tough to change our unhealthy eating habits. Committing to a healthy diet can be one of the smartest decisions you could ever make. Knowing exactly what eating healthy means can be very challenging. We have put together a list of things we believe can help you get started on the path to eating healthier.
Eat 5-6 small meals per day combining complex carbohydrates and protein to create a balanced meal. This helps your metabolism stay stimulated and will prevent you from getting too hungry between meals. Protein helps you feel full longer.
Never skip breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. By eating breakfast you kick start your metabolism for the entire day. For maximum benefit make sure this meal is balanced.
Eat when you are hungry, not bored or stressed.
Drink 6-8 cups of water per day. Approx 75% of your body is made up of water. Water regulates body temperature, maintains the skin and body tissue, wards of hunger, revs up the metabolism and keeps your joints mobile. We can not live without water…. So Drink Up!
Healthy fats from avocados, healthy oils, seeds and nuts help prevent heart disease and burn fat. The brain depends on these healthy fats to perform properly.
Complex Carbohydrates are high in fibre, improve digestion, stabilize blood sugar (the brains main source of fuel), and give your body the energy it needs to live an active lifestyle.
Protein is the lean body and muscle building food. The more muscle we have the faster your metabolism will be. Remember: Protein isn’t only found in meat. You will find protein in eggs, chickpeas, quinoa, beans dairy and vegetables too.
Keep healthy snacks readily available at all times. Make prepping and organization a priority. By stocking the fridge and pantry with healthy, washed grab and go foods, you are less likely to go for the unhealthy options.
Not eating enough is the worst mistake you can make. Yes, you may lose weight in the beginning, but eventually your body will go into starvation mode and keep everything you put into your body for the fear of not knowing when it will get fed again. When your body doesn’t get enough nutrients, you may become pale, tired and irritable. Your immune system becomes weak, your hair, skin and nails may become dull and brittle. Your metabolism slows down and your body begins to burn muscle as fuel instead of fat. Don’t make this mistake. Remember it isn’t about being thin, it is about being healthy.