In order to have a healthy body, and to truly be well you need to provide it with nutrition that can be used as cellular fuel to keep the cells from starving and to prevent the consequences of eating non-nutrient rich foods.
In reality, all wellness begins with having a body that functions at its absolute best, and that always starts with good nutritional habits.
Sound nutrition is not difficult to achieve, here are some tips to get you started.
Time the giving of “fuel.” To keep your energy levels up, you need to continually fuel the body throughout the day. This means eating small meals every three hours, this strategy decreases the chances that you’ll eat more food with each meal because your body will continually feel full and you won’t feel starved at any point throughout the day. Each meal should have a protein, complex carb and a healthy fat. If you must skip a meal, the least you can do is to eat a nutritious snack instead.
If you skip meals, there is a greater chance that you’ll feel so hungry you’ll eat too much in one sitting the next time you do have a meal. You’ll probably eat too fast as well so that your brain won’t have a chance to send out a satiety signal telling you to stop eating. If you eat so that you stuff yourself, you will feel more uncomfortable, sluggish, and fatigued. Your body will be energized by eating several small meals per day.
Instead of a candy bar, stick to berries, which can satisfy your sweet tooth, and not lead to weight gain. Throw away simple carbs including sweets, which don’t provide you with the fiber you need for your bowels. Limit foods with a high glycemic index, including bread, rice, and potatoes that cause blood sugar spikes and crashes instead of providing lasting energy throughout the day.
Fatty acids, like omega 3 fatty acids are found in some plants but are abundant in fatty fish, and these fats will not only give you energy but will provide you with a decreased chance of getting heart disease.
Andrea Stewart Roa, M.S.
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