6 TIPS TO NAIL YOUR NUTRITION
1. Eat to energise your body, not to fill it up.
These days, people eat to be full. Makes sense, right? Not exactly. The idea of “full” is a prime reason for the ever-increasing obesity rate, with it common to fill up on processed carbs and sugars. Is this “full” feeling going to nourish and energise the body in an optimal way? The simple answer is no. This is overeating, which causes a spike in insulin levels, which leads to a crash and cravings for more sugary food. The reason we need to eat is to provide the body with energy. Use food for this purpose.
2. Eat foods that can go off.
The paleo diet is a good general rule. If it doesn’t grow in the ground, or didn’t used to be alive, avoid it. Basically, if a food can go bad, it’s good for you. If it can’t, then 99.99% of the time, it won’t be very good. Foods that can’t go bad are usually full of manmade sugars and preservatives, which cause a whole host of health issues.
3. Eat breakfast.
Eating first thing in the morning helps to control cortisol levels of the body, having been in a fasted state all night (12 hours or so between your last meal and first meal of the following day should do). It helps nourish and energise your body for the day. Make sure you are getting fibre, carbs and protein, from sources such as fruit, eggs, vegetables and meat. A personal favourite of mine is a smoothie shake. You can pack these with all the necessary nutrients and minerals to start your day off perfectly.
4. Eat protein with every meal.
There are many benefits from eating a good amount of protein with every meal. It helps you to feel fuller for longer (therefore avoiding that chocolate bar snack half way through the day), it helps your recovery, it helps replenish a whole variety of vitamins and minerals lost during the day and it won’t give you the insulin spike mentioned previously, that carbs do.
5. Eat vegetables with every meal.
The one food group I can say, eat as much as you want of these, and you don’t even have to track them on your calorie tracker. They are high in fibre and very nutrient dense (very nutritious for the number of calories). Try and experiment with as many different colours on your plate as you can.
6. Drink a glass of water before every meal.
Hunger can often be mistaken for dehydration. Drinking a glass of water can help halt the cravings you may have and will help to feel a little fuller before you eat. Don’t go over board with this advice, one glass will do to help you eat with your stomach, rather than with your eyes.
I hope these 6 simple tips can help you make better decisions with your diet in the future. Any questions, as usual, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.
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