How does your nutrition taste? Is the food you're putting in your body hitting all the brain receptors leaving them ecstatic, but leaving you feeling bloated, lethargic and just overall terrible? This is what poor nutrition does. It makes your brain think very happy thoughts, but leaves your body with inflammation, constipation and headaches.
National Nutrition Month is a great time to learn about how to properly fuel your body. It's important to put the food in your body that provides the nutrients it needs to grow and develop properly as well as keep your energy up and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. The guidelines to follow are to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, legumes and nuts. Per the Dietitians of Canada you'll want to include good sources of specific nutrients as well, particularly for females – calcium, iron, folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.
Start now. Include a protein, fruit and a vegetable in every meal. Snack on nuts and legumes. There are so many delicious recipes easily accessible online (and HERE!) to get you started. You brain will respond just as ecstatically to a well-planned and cooked nutritious meal, as it will to that slice of pizza. And, your body will thank you for it by feeling satiated, full of energy and disease free.
Here are a few tips to make sure you are following a nutritious diet:
Now, you may know that you are ready to get your nutrition in order but may feel overwhelmed by the task. At Natatia's One On One Fitness we offer a nutrition program - you will Learn What To Eat...When To Eat It and... How Much of It to Eat. We will take a look at your current nutritional choices and learn how to turn those choices into healthy and nutritious choices. Find out more about our Nutrition Program and be sure to ask us any questions!
We all have traditions or habits when it comes to food. There are the holidays and birthdays to celebrate, the new job, promotion or salary increase, good grades, graduations…where does it end? It won’t unless you change the way you reward your accomplishments and here are some ideas on how.
Marked something of your to-do list? Treat yourself to something indulgent that you always dream about but never do. Schedule a massage or a facial at your local spa. Not in the budget? Set aside some time for a warm bath, at-home facemask, and your favorite music or book.
Got that promotion you’ve been working towards? Plan a vacation or weekend trip to celebrate. You won’t get that immediate satisfaction but studies show that the anticipation of a trip is often as good as or better than the actual trip!
Going on a shopping spree can satisfy that need to celebrate right now. Head to the mall or your favorite online store and purchase the new gadget, fashion accessory or shoes you’ve been daydreaming about.
Allow yourself to enjoy some “me time”. If you’ve accomplished something you feel is worth celebrating then schedule some time alone to reflect on your accomplishment doing what ever it is YOU love to do.
Separating food from reward is your first step in taking control of your eating habits and establishing a healthy view of what food can actually do for you. Eating a balanced diet of healthy fats, protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will increase your lust for life because, frankly, you’ll just feel that much better. You’ll have the energy to enjoy that vacation you’ve scheduled. You’ll increase the longevity of your life to longer enjoy time with your family and friends. You’ll have a more honest relationship with food, so when there is that inevitable time to celebrate with food you’ll be able to indulge without the guilt.
Rewarding yourself with fun things to do rather than food will help you to meet your health goals, feel less guilty about the food indulgences you can’t avoid, and will lead to that person that you’ve set out to be this year.
I'm Natatia Gemmell. No matter how busy life gets, eating well and exercising is always a priority! I LOVE fitness, and I teach my clients how to stay on the health & fitness path by exercising, eating better and staying healthy!