Nutrition is not that complicated.
In fact, most people know what they should eat more of and what they should eat less of, the issue is will power.
Over the years I have come to see that optimum nutrition and weight loss are not about finding the perfect diet, but about what you can do consistently. Furthermore, in order to reach your goals, or just live an overall healthier life, you want to create healthy habits that you can follow for life.
Therefore, I have 3 simple nutrition tips that I live by. These guidelines are easy to follow, and help me to stay on track no matter where I am. These tips make sure that I always get plenty of vitamins and nutrients, while making the best choices possible for the situation.
These guidelines have also helped me to ditch the guilt that I used to get from eating “unhealthy” foods. Whilst allowing me to enjoy holiday dinners and nights out with my friends.
Chances are, if you have ever worked with me or have even just asked me about nutrition you know what I am about to say. Therefore, if you already know my three nutrition tips then let this be a reminder to you to make sure you are doing all three consistently.
The Big Three:
- Water! Drink minimum 2L of water a day. Depending on your size and how much water you are currently drinking you could aim for up to 4L . However, if you are currently struggling to get 1 bottle of water in a day, start with doubling that and slowly increase your water intake over time.
- Protein. Make sure you get one serving of protein at every meal. This will help you feel more satisfied after the meal, plus it ensures that you are getting enough protein to help your body function optimally. There are many jobs in the body that protein is responsible for, including tissue repair and antibody reproduction which helps prevent illness, strength our bones and more. Typically one serving (20-30 grams) is equal to the size of your palm. Foods high in protein include meats, fish, eggs, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, chickpeas, and more.
- Vegetables. Eat 4-7 handfuls of veggies. Vegetables are filled with tonnes of vitamins and nutrients, which not only help to keep your heart healthy, but can help if you are feeling lethargic, bloated or even if you are constantly sick. Bonus: Get a minimum 3 different colour veggies in each day, more variety in your veggies means more variety in nutrients.
And that’s it!
I told you it was simple.
The best way to approach a healthy diet is to start by adding in more of the ‘better for you’ foods, as opposed to trying to eliminate all of the “bad” foods or food groups. Furthermore, it is not only easier to add habits than it is to try and remove them, but you are also less likely to feel deprived and get off track this way.
If you do feel totally overwhelmed, then just start with with one and once you master it, add in the next habit and then the next. I guarantee that you will notice a difference in how you feel within the first week!
By following these 3 nutrition tips I am able to maintain a healthy body weight while enjoying my life without completely falling off track. I hope that this list helps you to make good nutrition a part of your lifestyle so that you can live your healthiest, happiest life!
However, if you are looking for more advice on living a balanced lifestyle feel free to check out my post on applying the 80/20 rule here.
Or, if you struggle with being too hard on yourself and need a reminder on what is really important in life, go here to help find what really matters to you.
Make sure you are in control of your life. Choose to live a healthier lifestyle, but don’t let your health lifestyle control you.