Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Relax More and Don't Stress About the Food

Do you think eating healthy is a burden? Have you tried keeping it simple and not stressing about it?

Eating right turns into frustration when we worry about everything being perfect. This is unrealistic thinking because there is nothing perfect about anything. Unfortunately, for many of you, eating right has become an overwhelming chore.

It's Not Complicated

Healthy food intake is really not that complicated. If you focus on eating nutrient-dense foods, counting calories is often not necessary. Who needs calculations if you're consuming lots of greens, right? Eating donuts, pastries, and white bread would be an entirely different story. You get my point.

Eat This Not That

Eating right is simply swapping out unhealthy choices for healthy food. Instead of eating french fries, try baking a sweet potato or even white potatoes for example. It also helps to use nutrient timing where you consume something nutritious every 2 to 3 hours. Eating small meals throughout the day is shown to stimulate your metabolism, regulate blood sugar, and leave you feeling satisfied all day.

Eating healthy is an important part of maintaining your fitness and health. Keeping it simple will allow you to enjoy your food choices and a healthy lifestyle. This is considered the best of stress-free eating and really a doable process.

Keep a Food Journal

Keeping a simple food journal may be a good idea starting out. Don't make journaling a chore either. If tracking macronutrients, put check marks next to the nutrients consumed at each meal. That's it.

Remember, eating right shouldn't be taxing, but an enjoyable part of your healthy life. Your journal may look something like this:

Food choice             Protein        Carbohydrates       Fats    Calories (optional)
coffee
Greek yogurt               x                            x                     x
1/4 cup raw nuts          x                                                   x
chicken breast              x
mixed greens                x                           x
whole grain bread         x                           x
avocado                                                      x                      x
salmon                           x                                                   x
1 cup green veggies                                    x

Positive Mindset About Food

Having a new mindset about what eating right looks like can make you feel so much better about food intake. It motivates you to continue doing what is easy and realistic for your lifestyle.

Getting fit is not about going on a restrictive diet, just eating right. Nothing difficult or fancy about it. Many of you are already familiar and enjoy eating healthy foods like chicken breast, greens, avocados, raw nuts, and quinoa.

More Food Tips

Eat enough calories to support your body and physical activity level.
The majority of your nutrition should come from plants (leafy greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains).
Eat healthy fats to keep you healthy. (olive oil, avocado, nuts, fatty fish like salmon).
Eat lean protein (chicken, fish, turkey, egg whites) to build/maintain muscle.
Drink lots of water (this is an individual requirement).

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Be well and Stay Healthy

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