Friday, June 11, 2010

Move over junk food!

I am a firm believer in listening to your body. Our bodies deserve way more credit than we give them. It knows what it likes and what it doesn't. So when you eat, pay attention to how your body feels afterwards. Also, pay attention to cravings because there is a reason behind them. If you are craving spicy foods maybe your body temp. is low and needs a little kick to warm it up. If you are craving sweets and sugars, it could be because your body needs to be cooled down. It important to deconstruct your cravings. Everyone is different, and your body knows better than you, so listen up!

With that said, I think a majority of people will benefit from avoiding or minimizing certain things in their diets, such as: Red meat, Alcohol, Sugars, Refined carbs, Processed foods and Bad fats (trans fat)

This may seem difficult considering a majority of food is the typical supermarket is loaded with junk. However, I find it much less daunting to focus on the good for you foods instead of what you should avoid. So focus on including the following foods into your daily diet:

Eat your veggies!!! So low in calorie, but high in nutrition and volume so they fill you up! They are your natural multivitamin.

Fruits are nature's candy and great for you. I would say about 2 servings a day is fine.

Whole grains like Qunioa, for example, which also has a good amount of protein

Good fats like Flaxseed oil, Olive oil and Avocado

Proteins help stabalize blood sugar levels which is so important for weight loss! Protein can come from animal or plant source. I prefer plant sources (like legumes), but if you eat animal sources choose grass fed, hormone-free and organic.

Start to incorporate these healthy foods into your diet and there will be less and less room for junk!

Summary of healthy weight loss tips:
Tip #1 Eat Breakfast to jump start your metabolism

Tip #2 Eat Clean foods and avoid the naughty stuff I mentioned above

Tip #3 Eat smaller portions, more often. So, have 3 medium sized/small meals and 1-2 small snacks

Tip # 4 Focus on getting the healthier foods in your diet first, before you stress yourself out with cutting out the naughty foods

Tip # 5 Pay attention to your portion sizes, don't eat if your not hungry, stop eating before you are completely full, chew your food well (helps with digestion)

My next two posts will be about the mind/body connection and about fitness. Enjoy your weekends! :)

1 comment:

  1. Tina thanks for the info on the other vegan protein powder as well! Glad to know the sunwarrior is good! Im excited to try it !! The chocolate flavor!!!

    Love your blog and look forward to reading it!!!