If you’re having a hard time with nutrition, and find yourself constantly eating out and purchasing food from convenience stores, you may be a long way from ever reaching your health and fitness goals. There are some questions you need to ask yourself before you continue on your path to destruction. What do you want to achieve? And, how are you going to achieve those goals?
First things first:
Do you eat breakfast in the morning before you head out for your busy day? If you answered no, you could be sabotaging your diet plans and causing yourself problems with weight loss or maintenance of your current weight. Breakfast is an important part of your daily meal plan; it’s the first meal you experience after a long night of fasting. Find it hard to eat in the morning? Wait as long as possible to eat, but make sure you don’t go to school or work without something substantial in your belly. A combination of protein and healthy carbohydrates is a great beginning to your day.
Â Whole grain toast with nut butter and a banana or orange
Â Oatmeal (from scratch) with blueberries and flax
Â Whole grain cereal with skim milk and a glass of orange juice.
Quick breakfast solutions that are purchased, such as muffins, pastries and cereal bars can be very high in fat and sugars. A muffin is not necessarily any healthier than a donut; check the ingredients first.
Once you’re on your way, you may want to think about your other snacks and meals. Did you make something last night that you can bring with you? If you made it yourself, you know exactly what’s in it. If you buy it, it could have a whole host of ingredients that your body really doesn’t need. Remember, if you take in too many carbs, protein or fat in one sitting, your body will simply store it as fat.
Making your own lunch and bringing healthy snacks with you while you’re on the go not only saves you money, but it also saves your body from unnecessary calories. Think ahead and purchase things that can be packaged at home, such as carrot sticks, mini yogurts and low fat cheese.
Healthy Lunches that you can pack:
Â Leftover chicken makes a great wrap or sandwich on wholegrain bread
Â Turkey and low fat cheese sandwich
Â Whole grain pasta with tomato sauce
Â Hard boiled egg sliced over mixed greens and a vinaigrette
Â Homemade soup, or tomato based soup from a can
Knowledge is power, as they say, and as long as you know what you’re eating, you are in control of your diet destiny. Try to stay away from pre-packaged foods that have a long shelf life; they probably have a high preservative content, and are low in natural products.
Nicole Palacios BSc, ACE, has been part of the fitness industry for 14years. Her passions include her family, health writing, and fitness. Leading fitness classes and doing research keeps her busy and out of trouble when she’s not chasing her kids at the park. Check out her website at http://www.perfectfit.ws and follow her at: http://twitter.com/aerobixqueen.