The questions that I get most often from people are questions of whether or not a particular food is ok or not ok to eat. From finding myself in an industry filled with health and nutrition “experts” I’ve come to the conclusion that I do not believe in any absolutes. No one, particular food is completely off-limits. I believe in everything in moderation. Anything done to excess can be unhealthy for you. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that donuts are bad,,, mm Kay. Or that soda is the devils urine. Nutrition can get as controversial as discussing religion or politics. This is just my best nutrition advice to hand out from my own personal success and I offer to the average person looking to improve their overall health and nutrition.
1.) Eat your fruits & veggies!!! Everyday!! Eat tons of them! Eat them at every meal. I start each day with drinking a tall glass of my green smoothie. See recipe below.
2.) When trying to choose……pick the “lesser of two evils”. Let’s say your caught out and about, no food with you so you have to drive thru at Chick fil a. Opting for grilled nuggets with a side of fruit and a bottled water may not be ideal but I have to say it’s the better for you option. Some of you reading this may be thinking ” too much sodium” others ” well I think that’s a perfectly healthy meal” some “but I prefer the regular nuggets with waffles fries!” Lol. We could go round and round all day but you’re a smart individual. Pick the lesser of two evils.
3.) Drink lots & lots of water! Not soda, not diet soda, not vitamin water, not Gatorade! No! Drink water!! Don’t tell me “oh but it’s just so hard!” I love my diet coke or, whatever, fill in the blank. Get over yourself! If that’s something that’s hard in your life then you must lead a pretty charmed life.
4.) LIMIT “cheat meals”, “treats” “unclean foods” whatever you call them. Those foods that might be less than healthy. In my case these would be vanilla lattes, cheesecake, buffalo chicken wings with ranch, pizza (not thin crust) and ice cream sundaes. Don’t completely eliminate something you LOVE. Just try to enjoy it in moderation, and when I say moderation I mean a couple times a week. Not once a day. If you find that’s too difficult and you do better by eliminating it completely then by all means, do that. I won’t judge you for it.
5.) Keep track! I know that some of you reading this are thinking this sounds WAY too difficult and time consuming. Afterall, it’s just food. Well consider this, on payday, do you budget out your money, set aside spending money and stay within a range? When you do this, do you find that you’re much more successful at sticking to your financial goals than if you just “wing it”? OK then, do the same with your health. It’s important.
Quick tip! I use an app called my macros+ to help keep track of my macros. I highly suggest using one of these types of apps to help with healthful eating. If don’t use a smart phone or don’t like use of apps, then keep a food log with good ol fashioned pen and paper.
I understand this post might be a little too vague to be as helpful as it should to some readers and if you have further questions, please feel free to message me.
Green Smoothie Recipe:
3 large handfuls of baby spinach
2 handfuls of kale
2 cups of water
juice in blender, then add the following
1 whole banana
Juice in blender until smooth
Happy Hump day! Stay crazy, happy, and healthy!