Nutrition information is available and more accessible today more than ever.
There are enticing advertisements on social media, magazines and the radio stations making promises of unicorns and rainbows. Magical results that is. In addition to the overwhelming amounts of information, nutrition is always changing... at least it should be.
Obesity and type two diabetes continue to soar.
It is time to take a step back, put down that magazine and let’s get back to the basics. Make permanent lifestyle changes that you will be able to continue the rest of your life.
- Eat a combination of these three macronutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates) every three to four hours max to help keep your blood sugar balanced. All three support the metabolism, body and brain. Be sure not to skip meals. This may lead to overindulging and overeating. We have all been here at one point.
- Simple is best! Eat real food. Single ingredient foods are best, as are unprocessed, unaltered foods without any chemicals or additives. Look for shorter labels when shopping. Lean meats, fish and eggs. Healthy fats like avocado, nuts, olive oil, almond butter and peanut butter. Carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget whole grain, pasta and breads.
- Meal prep for a few days or so ahead of time. This way you know what you will be eating and it is portioned out. (Ex: Full fat cheese = 4 cubes, 1 ounce Pasta = cupcake wrapper, Lean meat = size of your palm, 3 ounces of fish = checkbook, 15 grapes = lightbulb)
- Listen and Control. If you are hungry, eat. Pay attention to what your body needs. Those snacks come in handy. Make sure to stay properly hydrated. Keep your water bottle with you at all times. You will know where all of the restrooms are. (:
- Be on your Guard. Any diet that completely eliminates one of the macronutrients long term is not very healthy. Your body needs all three macronutrients.
Until next time.
With love and beauty,