Did you know March is the Official “National Nutrition Month” I am a firm believer that eating healthy is the #1 most important change you can make to maintain good health. Eating healthy is a lifestyle and shouldn’t be embodied as a “diet”, when you embody clean eating as a lifestyle you should no longer crave the processed junk, you should have more energy, sleep better, have clearer skin, and have a all around better quality of life. I personally did not always sustain a clean eating lifestyle, however once I embodied the changes of eating healthy and organic living my world became a much better place. I believe eating clean is 80% of being fit, exercise is just the icing on the cake. I have never felt better since I have made theses lifestyle changes, in fact I have not been sick in a couple years (knock on wood). I am a true believer by life experience!!
Since the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” I am provide a few tips that have helped me maintain good nutrition over the last several years.
– Have a least one salad a day: veggies are full of nutritional value, eating them raw provides the most nutrients. Substitute lettuce for dark leafy greens such as Kale, Chard or Spinach, try to forgo dressing or use a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar or a Vinaigrette. If you are dining out lose those fries for a side salad!!
– Beware of refined Grains (white rice/bread) substitute to Whole Grains, use brown rice, whole wheat / flax pasta, whole grain bread, whole grain waffles etc. I personally substitute my Brown rice for Quinoa which is a seed high in protein and Gluten free. It also cooks quicker, is super yummy!
– Don’t forgo breakfast, this is when I get my fruits in to energize the day, I love starting my day with a Sabazon / Fruit / Protein Smoothie (I add in some Superfoods: Chia seeds, Bee Pollen & Spirulina)
– Lose the BUTTER and use Coconut Oil instead. Coconut Oil may help mount resistance to viruses and bacteria, may help fight off yeast fungus and Candida, and it may positively affect hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control, helping to increase metabolism
– Include lean protein in your diet: Boneless Chicken Breast, Lean Turkey Meat, Salmon etc. (lightly seasoned, lose the sauces!!)
– Buy ORGANIC and Local Fruits and Veggies – Sundays Farmers Markets are a great place to find locally farmed Fresh produce
– Make a store run Sunday evening and prep all your food for the week, be sure to buy some healthy snacks to get you through the day Almonds, Granola bars (I love Luna Bars), Cottage Cheese, Hummus, Eggs (boiled Eggs are a great high protein snack)
– Ditch the Cow Milk, go Almond Milk it contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, high levels of antioxidants and if you suffer from lactose intolerance it is a excellent substitute, unless you have a nut allergy (then STAY AWAY). Almond milk also has far less calories and is free of saturated fat and cholesterol and hormones.
– HOLD the salt, sodium is not good in excess
– If you are dining out, look for the “Healthy selections”, share with your date, request all sauces on the side and never supersize!!
– Having a sugar craving, grab a piece of fruit and if all else fails a piece of dark chocolate won’t hurt you but remember control
– Portion Control!!! Do no over eat, Eat your three meals a day, have those healthy snacks inbetween to provide your body the fuel it needs to get through the day.
– Indulge in a cheat day, you don’t have to eat perfect every day, it is okay to go out with friends and have a cocktail, add some sour cream, or fries. You work hard to maintain healthy eating therefore it is okay to treat yourself every now and then in fact when you reward yourself it makes it easier to stay on track.
Hope my tips help!!
Cheers to Healthy Eating!!
Please keep in mind I am not a Nutritionist or Doctor, and these are just tips that have helped me personally thorough my journey to positive health. You should always speak/discuss with your doctor/nutritionist before undergoing any major lifestyle changes.