Everyone knows that the key to feeling good is eating well. Nowadays in this fast world even our food became fast, meaning what we usually consume throughout the day is frozen or quickly made meals. Not only is there no love or care put in such meals, they lack vitamins too. So, there’s no surprise if at the end of the day we feel tired, drained and go to bed with a stomach ache. Every healthcare professional, athlete or anyone who takes care of their body and health will say that you must control what you put inside you and make clear rules of WHAT and WHEN to eat.
- EAT BREAKFAST. This is really important. I know that no one is that hungry in the morning and sometimes we even think that while we’re skipping breakfast, we’re reducing the calorie intake. That’s not true at all. Eating a healthy, filling breakfast is the perfect start for a good day. First of all, you’re not only giving yourself energy in the morning, you’re also making sure that you won’t overeat during lunch and dinner. Breakfast is really important for both – your physical and mental health. So, cook yourself some porridge, add fruit or berries and drink a cup of tea. Or eat a serving of yogurt with honey for some sweetening. Don’t make excuses that you don’t have time in a morning. Wake up 20 minutes earlier, watch the sunrise, and eat breakfast.
- SNACK HEALTHILY. We all get hungry in between our meals, that’s natural. Keep a pack of nuts or dry fruit in your bag. Grab that apple or banana that is sitting on your counter. Eat yogurt or protein bar.
- STAY HYDRATED. Your body needs not only food but also loads of water. You can never drink too much water so always have a bottle (or two) of water with yourself. Drink all through the day, even if you’re not thirsty. Remember, if you don’t feel thirsty, you must drink at least two glasses, that’s your body telling you, you’re way past hydration time.
- DON’T SKIP MEALS. If you’re not that hungry when lunch time comes, eat some soup or salad. Really, anything light and fresh, but make sure you never skip a meal. You’ll get hungry in the evening and overeat.
- EAT LIGHT DINNER. Our digestive tract functions slower in the evenings, so eating stodgy meals like takeaways, pizzas or fast food will make you feel too full and chances are you’ll wake up with a headache.
- EAT AT LEAST 4 TIMES A DAY. Professionals say that eating five times a day is the best. But if you can eat at least four times a day, you make huge improvements. For starters, split your lunch in two. Eat soup or salad later in the day, to lightly fill you up before dinner time.
- EAT VEGETABLES AND FRUIT. This is a necessity. You can’t cut out neither vegetables nor fruit. Always have some apples or bananas on your counter and tomatoes or lettuce in the fridge.
- EAT FISH AND MEAT. Unless you’re allergic or have different beliefs, don’t cut out proteins and Omega-3 from your diet. Eat light meat like chicken, and fish like salmon. Taste, discover, learn what works for you.
- LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you don’t like certain food like brussels sprouts or cabbage, don’t force yourself to eat it. There is a variety of food you can choose from, do that. See what you like and what is healthy.
- DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE CHEAT DAYS. You are allowed to treat yourself to a nice cupcake or some chocolate. Don’t stress about it. Eat pizza on that stay-in night. Just make sure that it is an exception, not a rule. You can eat takeaways every once in awhile, although be certain that you’ll make yourself a green smoothie and eat some yogurt the next morning.
Remember, that eating clean is a lifestyle. You should get used to it and forget about fast foods. Give yourself some time to see and feel benefits from a healthy diet and always stick to your new routine!
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