Is your biggest challenge knowing what to eat?
The article provides tips for eating a more optimal state of health.
- Fill your plate at every meal with mostly vegetables, aiming for 75% of the plate to be vegetables. The more colorful and varied the vegetables, the better.
- Eliminate processed and packaged foods from your diet as much as possible and stick to whole foods found on the perimeter of the grocery store.
- Consume a healthy protein option every 3-4 hours, such as organic and grass-fed lean meats, eggs, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, fish, and Greek yogurt.
- Make low glycemic food choices by removing refined flours and sugars and avoiding artificial sugars.
- Remember that thirst can be mistaken for hunger and make sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Additionally, stay hydrated with water if you consume coffee or tea.
I am excited to share some awesome tips with you about what to eat to achieve a more optimal state of health. Please know that these are my tips, and as usual if you have any health challenges, before making any changes to your diet and lifestyle, please consult with your health care provider. With that said, here are my favorite tips about how to make better choices when eating….
My favorite tip of all when it comes to mindful eating is to fill your plate at every meal with mostly vegetables. I am suggesting that your plate be filled with about 75% vegetables, and the more colorful and the more variety the better. If you get in the habit of eating a salad or vegetables that are raw, baked or grilled with every meal, you will be amazed at how much this change will make in terms of your overall health. If this goal seems impossible to you right now, and you’d like an alternative option, consider adding a high quality greens powder mix to your daily routine.
Next, consider eliminating processed and packaged foods from your diet entirely or as much as possible. The more whole foods you eat the better! When grocery shopping stick to the perimeter of the grocery store, as this is where your whole foods generally hang out. Check out my grocery list for some whole food recommendations!
Another mindful eating tip is to consume a healthy protein option every 3-4 hrs. Some healthy options include, organic and grass fed lean meats, eggs preferably pasture raised, beans and lentils, raw nuts (almonds, pistachios), seeds (pumpkin, chia), wild caught fish, spinach, spirulina, a clean protein powder source or some Greek yogurt, preferably without added sugar.
Next, consider making low glycemic food choices by removing all refined flours and sugars. Artificial sugars should be avoided whenever possible as well. If ever you find yourself craving something sweet, some low glycemic options include, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, a few apple slices or pear slices, and one of my all time favorites is a piece or two of organic and low sugar dark chocolate.
Lastly, remember that we often mistake hunger for thirst. I can not emphasize enough how important hydration is for you! SO, before eating a meal or a snack, make a mental note of how much water you have had to drink so far. As a general rule, you should be drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water. This means that if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water per day. You will most likely need to hydrate more on warmer days, on days that you are more active and on days that you perspire more, such as workout days. Additionally, if you are a coffee or tea drinker, you may benefit from additional water as well.
Well, there you have it! A few things to remember and consider when on a journey to better health. I don’t expect you to master these tips all at once, but even if you pick one or two tips and start there, you’ll find yourself feeling better in no time. You can add more healthy options as you go for an even better outcome. And with that, I wish you a healthy and happy journey as you achieve the BEST and healthiest version of YOU!
Wishing you much love and health always! XOXO, Deb
About The Author
Deb Strauss is a Well Me Right Wellness Expert. She has over 20 yrs of experience in the health and wellness industry. She will coach and provide you with all the support needed to achieve your health and/or wealth goals. She offers a FREE health and goals assessment and help you customize a nutritional system that best fits your needs. Her experience is that nothing feels better than healthy and that will be her primary focus for you.
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