Many of us hope and strive to live a healthy and fulfilling life. In order to reach that goal, we often implement diet, exercise routines, and other lifestyle changes. However, setbacks, such as noticing a lack of weight loss, can happen and will cause discouragement. As a result, many health and wellness goals are dropped before enough progress is made.
Good nutrition (of course), is one of the keys to a healthier you. Yet, the path to improve yourself will not be easy, especially if you have to change your eating habits, but with the right advice and guidance (that’s where we come in), nothing will stand in your way. Shall we begin?
First and foremost, find the strengths and weaknesses in your current diet. Do you eat fruits and veggies every day? Get enough calcium? Eat whole grain, and high-fiber foods? If the answer is yes, BRAVO! You’re on the right track, keep it up! If not, add more of these foods to your daily dose of nutrition, you won’t regret it.
Even though this isn’t for everyone, try to keep track of your food intake by writing down what you eat and drink every day. This record will help you assess your diet. You’ll see if you need to eat more or less from certain food groups.
Bake, grill, or b(r)oil your protein instead of frying it (ain’t nothin better than some fried chicken though, but no). Ohh, and peel the skin off before cooking your chicken or turkey. Finally, include fish in your meals at least once a week (we’re not talking about sushi, FYI).
Read the nutrition label on the different types of foods before you buy them. It can help you exclude or exchange a lot of products you used to buy.
When you eat out, be aware of hidden fats and larger portion sizes. Focus more on healthier options. Eating out is considered a change of lifestyle; it’s very important to know what you’re consuming (very very important).
The importance of staying hydrated is almost equal to breathing in oxygen. Drink zero- or low-calorie beverages, such as water or tea. Eliminate sweetened drinks that add lots of sugar and calories to your diet.
Good nutrition does not and will not come in the form of a pill. As convincing and persuasive as it may seem, it is NEVER a good idea to consume any form of dietary pills. Rather, try eating a variety of foods instead. Your body benefits most from healthy whole foods.
Reaching your health and wellness goals don’t have to be stressful, overwhelming, or seemingly impossible life decisions (we kid you not!). Take one day at a time, do your best to stay consistent, and follow a proper, but not too restrictive, diet and workout plan to allow yourself to reach your goals!