Making Your Diet Count
Always remember, making your diet count goes a long way toward getting and feeling better!
In the past, I’ve talked about how simple a diet can—and should—be most of the time. Do you remember why we eat? It’s to provide fuel and “building blocks” so our bodies can function smoothly and repair themselves. Thinking very consciously about this really can help you change your old habits.
One of the biggest things I find that helps us is always having a powerful image of how we want to feel and function! Think about it. Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on? In the case of pain, we are trying to stop or reduce “Inflammation”, the cause of much pain and suffering.
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with ¼ cup gluten-free granola with almonds, then, add 1 tablespoon of soy or vegetable protein powder, and finally a splash of soy or almond milk. You’ll be keeping your carbs around 15-20 grams and getting a head start on vitamins if you do this right. A final word about supplements: always use them under supervision, and as we say repeatedly, don't forget periodic blood tests. Always remember, the foundation of your best diet as well as care at home should be Living Your Best Life
Here are 8 simple ways to ensure every single diet counts.
1. Don’t procrastinate! Start NOW
You may be feeling like you are at the point of no return, or that you aren’t sure this whole thing might work for you. It is totally understandable. Most of us have been there. It is however important that you do not let your yesterday hamper today’s progress. You can start by planning your diet today, not tomorrow, but today.
2. Plan your meals
Planning your meals might look a bit tedious but trust me, it sets you off with intention as well as makes it easier for you to make healthy choices even when you do not have the time to do so. It can also save you a few hundred bucks, by reducing the chances of you buying fast foods and takeaways. We could help you plan easy and simple menus on a budget.
3. Eat between meals only if you are hungry
We all eat for different reasons. Sometimes, people eat when they are depressed or bored. Particularly, during the holiday periods, you can get into the habit of “grazing” throughout the day. However, it is important that you have three meals a day that is well-balanced and filling to help you manage hunger throughout the day.
4. Cut out alcohol
Alcohol is found to be high in calories. It will also increase your appetite invariably making you unable to stick to your diet. Cutting it down or better yet eliminating alcohol can really help you make your diet count.
5. Snack on Fruits, not Biscuits
It is healthier to snack on fruits than on biscuits. One might say, that there are healthy snacks. This is true but rather than going through the hassle of moving from shop to shop searching for a healthy snack, why not limit yourself to fruits or veggies for a between-meal snack? These are low in calories and will supply you with the requisite vitamins, fighting-off diseases from your life.
6. Make Your Own Sugar-Free Drinks
Sugary drinks contain a lot of calories. Simple hydration with water adding a splash of lemon or lime juice or my favorite apple cider vinegar helps significantly with weight control and helps the prevention of type-2 diabetes.
7. Add more Veggies to your meals
A simple and effective way of lowering the number of calories in your meal is by increasing the quantity of veggies and salads you put in it. They can also lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent certain types of cancers, lower the risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect on blood sugar which invariably keeps your appetite in check.
8. Keep Active
Exercising with healthy dieting has been found to be effective in keeping your weight under check, as well as keeping you healthy and strong.
Read our article on Exercise and Nerve Health HERE
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