In this short guide, I'll give you tips to improve the way you eat and hopefully the way you feel as a result. I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat; or at least that your energy is deeply affected by what you choose to consume.
Have you ever stopped to notice how you feel when you eat certain foods?
In doing so, have you wondered why certain foods make you feel sluggish while others uplift your energy? The truth is that food has energy and if you are eating processed foods full of sugar and artificial ingredients, chances are that you'll feel pretty crappy as a result.
So here are 5 tips to Improve the Way You Eat that'll lead to better health and wellness overall. The first is the biggest one. It's the foundation to making better nutritional choices and if you master it, the steps that follow will help keep you on track even when you feel like you are tempted by the smell of greasy fries and burgers on your way home from work.
1. Food Affects Your Mood:
Become curious about the relationship between your emotions, energy level, and how what you eat impact each other and thereby how it affects you. Keep a daily food journal for at least a month and be amazed by what mindfulness of daily consumption can do to improve your overall healthy and wellness.
2. Protein: Plant vs. Animal //Which is right for you?
Ask yourself what kind of protein works best for you by observing how your body breaks down animal protein vs. plant protein. How do you feel after eating, red meat, chicken, fish, etc. This will give you a clear idea of what dietary lifestyle may be a better fit for your needs. Is it vegan? Paleo? A bit of both?
3. Love Your Greens:
Being mindful to add quality, dark leafy greens to your meals is really a game changer. What do I mean by quality, dark leafy greens, you may be thinking? What you really want to consume are greens that are loaded with nutrients that your body will find useful and you'll actually feel the difference as you continue to consume them as part of your dietary lifestyle. Think swiss chard, kale, and spinach for example.
4. Get to Know Your Carbohydrates:
Carbohydrates are either your friend or foe depending on how you were raised and what you are accustomed to. If you were raised on white rice or pasta, it may be tough to get used to eating whole grains. But slowly implementing grains like quinoa and brown rice to your dietary lifestyle will make the transition from processed white starches to wholesome grains a positive one because most people benefit greatly from this change in the long run. Your body and waistline will thank you.
5. Choose Water with Lemon:
Adding lemon to your water is a great way to detoxify your liver and may help your metabolism run more efficiently. In fact, beginning your day with warm water with lemon (sans honey or sugar) before breakfast or any meal for that matter, can lower your blood sugar. To learn more about the benefits of water lemon water, head over to this blog post I wrote back in April, The Mighty Lemon.
Buy Organic & local whenever possible:
Consider choosing food that has been locally grown and raised (if you consume animal protein) as well as organic. Doing so means that your food has not traveled tons of miles to get to your plate, nor has it been exposed to toxins on its way to you that you can simply do without (because who wants them anyway??). So become super familiar with you local farmer's markets and support your local farmers.
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