Are you struggling with nutrition?
I COMPLETELY understand how frustrating it is to figure out the right foods to eat … and in the right portions!
The following tips helped me the most when I was starting out on my health journey. If you’re just starting out – or have been struggling lately – hope they can inspire you and help you get on the right track!
TOP 5 NUTRITION TIPS
1) Make a Commitment & Routine
Your body is your one and only true home – treat it right.
Okay, this isn’t necessarily about food directly, but it IS about setting priorities to keep YOU healthy and influencing your decision to eat healthy. So that’s why it’s #1.
You have to first evaluate where you are on a scale 1-10 when it comes to your nutrition (1 being horrible, and 10 being super clean, healthy foods). Once you determine where you’re at … think about how your health will be affected in 10 years … in 20 … in 30 years. Consider your family health history and how your current eating habits will either help prevent any issues or will increase your chances of having the same problems. Then take a moment and visualize how your life will be 10-30 years from now in one way or another. How will that impact your family? Your kids? And the relationship with yourself?
Based on this exercise (hopefully it motivates you to make some adjustments, if needed), the next step is for you to COMMIT to YOUR health. To make a promise to improve and make better choices. Preventive medicine is UNDER-RATED in this country. And preventive medicine starts with your commitment to eating healthier and exercising.
With that said … BABY STEPS my lovelies 😉 Avoid trying to make too many changes all at once. Slow and steady wins the race … and it helps you stay the course.
2) Food as Fuel
Learning the basics of what foods fuel my body the best.
Initially I was all about counting calories. And although part of it is about calories in/calories out, it’s more about the quality of those calories.
All calories are not the same. For instance, what’s the difference between a protein, carb and fat (macronutrients) and which foods are the good proteins, carbs and fat! That’s how it started for me, I became curious.
The key was finding a super easy way for me to portion out those macronutrients without having to know all the science behind it.
The beautiful thing, is I took the pressure OFF of my self to know EVERY SINGLE detail about nutrition. I initially learned the basics of what helped me lose weight and get healthier – and went from there.
So, be curious about what fuels your body right! Find a system or a program that helps you portion out the good foods … and help you shop better at the grocery store.
3) Shop Smart on a Budget.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.
Between shopping at farmer’s markets and co-ops to looking for $2.99/lb organic chicken type deals and shopping store-brand organic labels … you can still shop healthy while staying on a budget.
For more budget-shopping tips, read my 8 Tips to Eat Healthy on a Budget post.
4) Make Nutrition Fun!
Healthy eating doesn’t have to boring.
Finding new healthy recipes and experimenting with foods can be fun – make a game out of it. Explore options and keep your mind open. Visiting different websites with quick/easy recipes … and also taking existing family recipes and creating healthier versions can be a creative outlet. Plus, it shows you that healthy foods don’t have to taste like cardboard.
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5) Having a Support Circle.
Surrounding yourself with people who are on the same journey as you – or you are looking to become healthier and also need accountability. No one wants to do it alone. And I mean no one. Encourage your spouse, best friend or co-worker. Have them do a nutrition challenge with you – or a “up your water” challenge. Something that is fun, measurable and creates friendly competition and camaraderie.
If you don’t have someone in your inner circle, don’t fret! You can find free online groups, like my FitGirls Rock Community, that help encourage and motivate you throughout your journey. Make sure they’re a fun and #nojudugementzone kind of group!
These are just some basics to get you going. Have you tried any of them? Which one do you think would help you the most? Drop me a line in the comments!
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