by Janet Luhrs, www.simpleliving.com
Have you noticed that every year, more and more new studies come out about the latest, greatest way to lose weight and eat well?
Does your head spin with so much conflicting information? Mine sure does. So let’s simplify things.
- Carbs. Bad word, right? Whoa! Not so fast. We still need carbs – just not from processed food. Did you know that fruits and veggies are carbs? Who knew? Yup – they are the good carbs. So keep pre-sliced veggies in a bowl or bag in your fridge, ready to go whenever you want them.
- Protein. Our bodies need this, too. Protein preserves muscle mass and its essential for maintaining an active metabolism. Your body burns more calories to process protein than it does carbs or fat.
- Good quality protein sources help manage our blood sugar levels and keep cravings at bay. Think eggs, grilled chicken and fish, as a start.
- Fat. Yes! Certain fats are good for you! Avocados, nut butters, coconut oil, and olives are healthy fats that your body and your brain need to burn clean fuel. Stay away from processed foods with saturated or trans fats (hydrogenated oils).
- Eat real food. Avoid processed foods, which is pretty much anything in a box or can. Eat food as close to the way it came out of the ground as possible. And stay away from packaged food that has ingredient lists that are long and full of words you can’t pronounce. Strive for more of your daily intake to involve raw food or food in its most natural form.
- Water, water, water! Most of us are hard pressed to get enough. It’s best to drink a third of your body weight in water every day, so figure out what yours is and then buy a water jug that makes the math easy. For instance, if you decide you should aim for 64 oz a day, then buy a 32 oz water jug and fill it twice.
I know that when my life gets too complicated, I tend to throw in the towel, so to speak and figure “oh what’s the point?” But when I keep things simple and basic, I experience greater success. Please share with us some tips that you draw upon to keep your nutrition simple and stress free.
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