1. View food as fuel – Food, we all love it and need it! Food is our fuel supply and the source of nutrients needed for good health. Many people don’t put much thought into what they put into their mouth. They are often swayed by convenience, taste and advertising! Don’t fall victim to this. Use your willpower and remember that food is your fuel source. You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your car so why would you do it to your body.
2. Ditch the sugar – be careful how much sugar you are eating. Try not to eat more than 10 grams of sugar per meal. This can be difficult since many packaged foods have hidden sugars in them. These sugars can cause health issues such as obesity and insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Try and keep your blood sugar in check by eating lots of lean proteins and vegetables.
3. Eat real food – skip the processed food. When shopping at the grocery store avoid the middle aisles and stick to the perimeter. Here you will find fresh, generally unprocessed food. All those preservatives, colourings and added salt and sugars is tough on your body.
4. Eat enough– this is especially true for women. Ensure that your body is getting enough calories per day (generally no less than 1200 for women and 1500 for men). If you cut your calories too much your body will go into starvation mode grinding your metabolism to a halt. You are also at risk of not getting enough of the good stuff you need to make your body run effectively which could lead to fatigue, irritability and a weakened immune system.
5. Drink Water – This is key for good health. You have probably heard it all before, drink 8 glasses of water per day. Don’t ignore the reminders. Water is essentially for our bodies, it helps our digestion, nutrient absorption, metabolism, and body temperature regulation. Don’t skip out on your water! Drink it up! Check out this post from whitehouseblackshutters.com to find 50 ways to add some flavour to your water.