We live in a very fast paced world; we’re always zooming from one place to the next. Sometimes, we’re so focused on our work or other people that we forget to take care of ourselves. Feeling good and looking good starts from the inside out, and many of us don’t give our bodies the nutritious foods it needs. If you’re having trouble with healthy eating, you’ve come to the right place! It’s time to give your body the respect it deserves!
I’m a big advocate on living a healthy lifestyle, and that includes eating a proper diet. There are so many fad diets out there that do not work! I always say to stay away from those and just focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet. I’ve had many people come to me for help on how to start, so I thought I’d share my tips on my blog!
Finding Balance with Macronutrients
- Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source, and they can be sorted in simple carbs (like white sugar) and complex carbs (like whole wheat flour). Simple carbs are absorbed quickly by the body, while complex carbs take longer to digest. Try to opt for complex carbs, as they have a lot of nutrients and will keep you full for longer (because of the fiber). Good sources include: brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats, whole wheat pastas/breads, beans, green/fibrous vegetables (ie. broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus)
- Protein is responsible for tissue growth and repair (muscle building). It’s important to include lean sources of protein in every meal. Good sources include: egg whites, chicken/turkey breast, fish (tilapia, trout, tuna, salmon), Greek yogurt, skim/almond/soy milk and low fat cottage cheese.
- Fat is required to digest vitamins and it plays a role in healthy skin and hair, organ protection and cell function. Fat is not the enemy! Incorporating the right fats in your body is crucial. Avoid trans fats (found in many baked goods and desserts) and saturated fats (found in fatty meats and dairy products). Include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats into your diet. Good sources include: olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, egg yolks
Eat every few hours! Have 5-7 small meals a day. This will manage your hunger, curb cravings and increase metabolism.
- Don’t get too hung up on calories. Some people find that this works for them, but I personally don’t like it. Just eat well and enough and you’re set! 🙂
- Never skip breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day and will give you energy for the rest of the day!
- No more fast food! When eating out, opt for healthier options like salads, sandwiches, and soups. Ask for steamed vegetables, nothing fried, dressing on the side etc.
- Avoid drinking soda or energy drinks- they’re loaded with sugar!
- Limit processed foods- these are usually high in calories and low in nutrients. Try to eat whole, raw foods 🙂
Incorporate what I like to call “superfoods” into your diet. Superfoods are foods many people don’t eat often, but should as they have many benefits! My favourite superfoods: quinoa, avocado, flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil (do you eat these foods?!)
- Try eating organic and local produce when you can. Organic food is free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and food additives. So you know you’re eating 100% raw and nutritious food! (Check out one of my sponsors, Mike & Mike’s! They distribute fresh, organic produce to your local supermarkets! One of my favourite brands- Organic Select! Yum!)
- Drink a lot of water! I always make sure to have more than 8 glasses of water a day! Water is essential for so many processes into your body (I’m not even going to begin with the biology and chemistry in that haha!), so DRINK UP! I love adding lemon and cucumber slices to my water- super refreshing!
- Moderation is the key! It’s important not to deprive yourself of what you like. If you do, you’re more likely to binge. If you want a cookie, have it! Everything in moderation- even moderation!
It may be a lot to take in at first, especially if you’re new to this whole ‘eating healthy’ thing. But take it one day at a time and I promise you, it gets better (and yummier!). Finding a balance and a positive attitude towards food makes things a lot easier. If you follow these rules, I guarantee you’ll be feeling and looking amazing!