The New Year is upon us and our goals at this time of year may seem a little more difficult to achieve because all we really want is yummy comfort food. Below are 5 tips that will keep you and your eating on track, even if it means deviating a little-change is good so don’t give up!
- Don’t throw in the towel!
Often we hold such high and sometimes unrealistic limitation for ourselves. When we have one bad meal on a Wednesday we throw away the rest of the week!
Don’t get discouraged by a little slip up. Life if full of unexpected and uncontrollable events and we must learn to adapt to them. If this happens, don’t sweat it; just get back on track at your next meal or perhaps add a few extra minutes to your next workout
2. Create a stress-free eating routine.
In the busy world we live in today we often find ourselves eating while standing, scarfing down lunch at our desk or having dinner in front of the television. Eating in a hurry can cause digestive upset such as indigestion, gas, bloating and cramping. When we don’t chew our foods properly we don’t allow our bodies to do its job in a relaxed environment.
Do your digestive system and mind a favour and give it a quiet, uninterrupted space. Savour your food, enjoy the break so you can feel refueled and reenergized to conquer the rest of the day!
3. Try something new.
Food and nutrition is fun! What we may have sworn off in our childhood may actually be a food we enjoy today. Be adventurous and try new foods – you may be pleasantly surprised!
Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to nutrition! Studies have shown overexposure/overconsumption of the same foods may actually lead to food sensitivities.
Chia’s fun, kelp rules and coconut oil is life! Be adventurous – what’s the worst that could happen? Just spit it out 😉
4. Stay bitter.
Not the best attitude when it comes to your everyday attitude, but think “bitter for your liver”! Your liver is the conductor for all your essential organs. Keeping it in tip top shape helps keep digestion, detoxification, hormone balance and metabolism in check.
Bitter foods support the health of our liver so reach for raddichio, rapini, arugula, dandelion greens and raw cacao powder to stimulate liver activity.
5. Breakfast is king.
Breakfast is your key to success. You’ve heard it through and through – but there is a good reason why.
So often I come across nutritional clients who tell me their first meal is a coffee and no food until 1pm! YIKES! Studies have shown those that skip breakfast actually consume more calories throughout the day than those that do not. Not only is weight management a benefit of eating in the morning but other benefits include lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, lowered risk of type 2 diabetes and improved brain activity (memory, focus and processing).
Grab a breakfast packed with lean protein and get your day off to an amazing start! Remember that eating is for fuel so fuel your body right with these five tips!
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