Tips for Healthy Eating

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that exercise alone will not take the pounds off. They say that abs are made in the kitchen for a reason! Nutrition plays a huge role in losing weight. Learning to fuel your body with the nutrients that it needs instead of what you are craving will help you get one step closer to living a healthier life.

Here are a few tips to help you get on track:

  1. Eat plenty of whole foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, nuts and healthy fats. Nothing that has a label or a list of ingredients. Whole foods are the ingredients!
  2. Buy organic whenever possible or even better grow your own food. Having a vegetable garden if you have the space is a great way to ensure that you are getting the best quality foods in your diet. If this is not an option, check the dirty dozen list to see which foods are best to buy organic to avoid pesticides.
  3. Cut back or even better, eliminate all processed foods. This includes all foods that are produced in a factory, or have an ingredient list with items you can’t pronounce.
  4. Keep it simple, meals do not need to be extravagant affairs. Meat paired with veggies will be great for an easy dinner or my family loves breakfast for dinner, eggs and sweet potatoes.
  5. Keep a food journal (and be honest!). If you are a grazer like me, keeping a food journal may be just what you need to say that it’s time to stop eating until your next meal.
  6. Drink up! Your body needs about 2 litres of water daily. Try consuming a glass of water before each meal, you may find yourself eating less.
  7. Avoid distracted eating. Snacking while watching tv for example may have you eating many more calories than expected. Make meals a relaxing time where you can sit down and enjoy your food.
  8. Plan ahead. Meal prepping is key when trying to eat clean. Always have something prepared or planned so that you don’t fall back into old habits. My fridge always has cut up fruit, hard boiled eggs, cooked sweet potatoes and often leftovers from the day before.

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