I don’t know about you, but I hate the word “diet”. Why? Because a “diet” is typically something you do for a short period of time in hopes of losing weight. Here’s why I don’t like it: 1. You typically eliminate certain food groups altogether, which usually means binging on those food groups sooner or later. 2. Yes, you may lose the weight you were hoping to lose, but how many times have you just turned around and gained all of that weight back, plus some? And 3. I don’t like diets because the real problem lies in your every day choices, and what you really need is a lifestyle change. So, today, I wanted to share with you some tips on every day things you can do to make healthier choices.
Some food rules I live by:
Never label a certain food group off limits. In my experience, that generally leads to self sabotage. I have found that any time I deny myself certain foods, I tend to crave them even more. Am I saying you should go to McDonalds every day? Of course not! I’m simply saying that if you love a certain food, it’s ok to indulge in it from time to time. But how often you indulge in those foods should definitely depend on the type of food it is. I do believe we all deserve a treat now and then!
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Water is so good for you in so many ways. Not only does it promote healthy weight management and weight loss, it also increases brain power and provides energy. It flushes out toxins, can improve your complexion and help you maintain regularity. When you are properly hydrated, all of your organs will run better and you will be more likely to feel better all around!
Eat more vegetables! Vegetables are naturally low in calories and filled with fiber that helps fill you up and keep your digestive system happy. Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that will help you feel healthy and more energized. Needless to say, eat your veggies and eat LOTS of them!
Don’t buy junk! If you know you don’t have the discipline to stay away from junk foods, do NOT bring them into your home. You can’t eat them if they aren’t there!
Pay attention to your serving sizes. Try drinking 8 oz of water before each meal. Eat your vegetables first, then your protein. If you are still hungry, eat some fiber filled carbohydrates (brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc). If you’ve finished your plate and are still hungry, start the process over again. And do not eat until you are full… eat until you are satisfied.
One of my favorite rules to live by: Shop on the outside aisles of the grocery store. Steer clear of the middle aisles as much as possible. The edges of the store are usually where you find your meat, fish, dairy, and produce. You’re more likely to fill your cart with healthy foods if you stick to the outside aisles.