Ditch the “Diet”
Nothings gets my blood boiling like fad diets. It irritates me to no end to see diet pill commercials promising people the perfect body by simply popping pills. It saddens me to hear women talk about various fad diets and dangerous get-skinny-fast schemes that simply do not work long-term.
I encourage women to ditch the idea of dieting altogether. Instead, think about eating healthy foods as embracing healthy habits for long-term improvements of your life.
Start off with a few minor changes that have a big positive impact on your health and the health of your family.
Switch to whole grains. It may take a while to get accustomed to eating whole grains. But, once you do, you want be able to go back to whites. This includes white bread, white rice, and white pasta.
Eat something green with every meal. It’s a bonus if that something green is alive (non-cooked). How many times do we see plates filled with nothing but meats and starch (potatoes, carrots, corn, rice, bread, etc). If you strive to eat something green, like collard greens, broccoli, green beans, chard, kale, arugula or spinach, with every meal, you’ll increase your fiber, alkaline your blood and help regulate your glucose.
Drink more water and less sugary drinks. Limit your sugary drinks to no more than two 8 fl oz servings. Start your day by drinking room temperature or warm water with lemon. It’s rumored that more than 75% of the American population is chronically dehydrated. Dehydration manifests in many negative ways in the body – headaches, constipation, difficulty focusing or concentrating, dry/brittle skin, hair, nails, acne, bloating, allergies, etc. To know how much water to drink, multiply your weight by 2/3. A 150 lb woman should drink at least 100 ounces a day. Add 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise to the daily total. Cheers!
Cook more at home. Eating out often is a huge detriment to a healthy lifestyle. Most restaurants rely on bad fats, salt and sugar to produce flavor. Quality seasonings cost. The restaurant’s objective is to make as much profit as possible by making the food seem tasty. They cut corners and use way too much salt. Cooking at home gives you the opportunity to know exactly what is in your foods. You can control the amount of salt, sugar and fat. This makes it easier to have a handle on your daily intake of calories and nutrition.
These are just a few adjustments that you can make to your daily routine to be healthier. I look forward to sharing more tips.
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