Now that the warmer weather is upon us and most of us are spending a lot of time outdoors, I have been receiving many questions, like “I want to eat healthier, but where do I start?” Or “How do I eat healthier without giving up the foods I love?”
I wanted to share some simple yet effective tips to help you get back on track in time for the summer!
Reach for crunchy vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peppers) as a snack instead of chips. Hot tip: Cut up a bunch of vegetables at the beginning of the week to make reaching for these options so much easier. Add a delicious dip like guacamole or hummus.
At mealtime, wait 10 minutes before reaching for seconds. It takes time for your brain to register that you’re full.
Use smaller plates! So simple, yet so effective.
Take 20 to 30 minutes to eat a meal, sitting down at the table with no distractions like the phone or TV.
Do not make excuses to indulge. However, if you do, get back on track right away. Not taking actions to reverse what you did will only lead you deeper down the rabbit hole.
Choose whole foods instead of processed foods. Include vegetables at every meal.
Drink enough water!! I recommend around 8-10 glasses of water a day. I love freshly squeezed lemon water first thing in the morning. This will help with digestion and bloating. Don’t confuse dehydration with hunger – get ahead of that by drinking lots of water.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, where the fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are.
Cook as many meals as you can at home. You have control over the ingredients and you’ll appreciate the labour that goes into making a meal. (This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy patio season!)
Have any questions about getting on track to a healthier lifestyle? Contact me!