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Soooooo, everyone is different. Did ya all know that?!
I just found that out. (Hah.)
I kid, I kid. But kind of sort of.
What I mean is this: what works for some may not work for you. What tastes good to someone else might not taste good to you (right, Ashley?! <—she looooves PB, and I can’t stand it ;))
But it’s good to follow some general guidelines to help YOU feel your best. Because ultimately that is my goal around here : helping you LIVE your life well. Food is a very important part of that equation, my friends!
Best Tips For Eating Well
- Eat a good, quality breakfast. I know I sound like a broken record with this breakfast thing, but if you start your day off crappy, how do you think said day will turn out??
- Balance decadence with whole foods. Enjoy some decadence and exciting, delicious-to-you foods once in awhile, and the rest of the time, savor those delicious whole foods! I eat about 90-95% whole/healthy foods, and the other 5-10% is usually spent on fro yo, caramel, or some yummy home-baked good 😉 <—by the way, dark chocolate is a whole food, so that (in moderation) goes towards the 90-95%!
- Eat in a calm, happy, uplifting environment. This is a huge factor in your eventual fullness or satiated feeling (satisfaction) from that meal! Seriously, who really enjoys their meal in a crazy, loud, chaotic environment?! You should mention this to your kids too 😉 (heh)
- Details help. Did you know that you enjoy your meals and feel more satisfied when they are presented well? Try adding some fresh flowers, a new placemat, candles, a fresh breeze, nicely arranged food, or new dishes. You will astound yourself with how incredible that meal will be! (Don’t worry, some meals I eat out of a tupperware too!)
- Focus on consuming REAL foods…and then go from there. Real, whole foods taste amazing-and are amazing for our bodies. Go for these foods when balancing a budget, and then be choosey where you spend your food money next. Remember, anything that is canned, packaged, or in a carton or box is not really that great for you (for the most part).
- Enjoy the moments and savor your food. Do you know what a piece of really good dark chocolate really tastes like? How about a red bell pepper? Take the time to eat your foods slowly and enjoy the variety of tastes, textures, and flavors. It is an incredible experience to actually sit down and “eat”…instead of running around while scarfing.
- Avoid the ‘health halo.’ More on this in a later post, but just be wary that because it screams “whole grains” or “healthy ____” does NOT mean it is the best choice. Also, be wary of certain stores that have that halo….not everything in the store is amazing for you and your body. If you’re in this to lose weight, every calorie counts (except for raw veggies)-even the healthy ones that come in that sweet box.
- Eat as many vegetables as you can. This is a simple one. DO that and you’ll be happy, healthy, and feel amazing. That is of course if said veggies are not dripping in butter, oil, or fried. Grab a large salad and load it with all your favorite veggies-just forgo the really heavy salad dressings and top it with some lemon, garlic, and a bit of olive oil. Delicious!
- Focus on feeding YOUR body what it physically wants. Separating what your emotions want from what your body physically needs and wants is a very tricky thing (especially if you haven’t gotten rid of the diet mentality). And is different for everyone. Be wary of this difference however! (More in a later post).
- Try to eat a good balance of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. As already noted, protein is vital for a healthy body weight and/or for body fat loss. Having enough of that macronutrient plus the other two (complex carbs and healthy fats) in all meals and snacks will keep you satisfied and pleasantly full for longer than if you had just eaten 1 or the other (i.e. just eating a piece of bread or a sugary candy bar).
These tips and tricks are what keep me healthy, happy, and well-fueled for my intense physical activity!
I am never over-stuffed, and nor am I underfed. I actually enjoy eating now (imagine that!?) and see food as fuel, instead of those heinous feelings and experiences of tooooo many years viewing food as good or bad, seeing it as my enemy, being afraid of it, and avoiding certain groups or foods.
You can get there too! Promise. If I can do it, YOU can too
Use these tips to fuel your healthy lifestyle, and I promise you will be happier! Of course, if you’re still feeling like you can’t get rid of that guilty conscious or bad relationship with food, feel free to contact me via email ([email protected]), or check out the coaching services I provide–I am happy to help anyone who is wanting to change their lives for the better
And remember this:
You can get that healthy relationship with food by using these best tips for eating well! It might take time, but boy will it be worth it to live that life free of worries about food(!!!!).
- I am grateful for an amazing Heavenly Father and Savior (or God or Deity) who does still work miracles today. It’s incredible to step back and see what He can do if we just let Him!
- I am SO thankful for a husband who is willing to drive lots and lots of miles for us!
- I am super thankful for my hard experiences. I would not be the person I am today without my trials and difficulties.
Off to dance and shake my thang (teachin’ Zumba). I need it bad. I am a work-a-holic as of late…. (and I like it. hah)!
Have a LOVELY day <3
What is YOUR favorite tip for eating well (from here or other wise)??! What do YOU do to remember food is fuel??!