Most people dread the fact that they have to eat and drink healthy. Society made us believe that in order to accomplish a healthy lifestyle, your consumption must be distasteful and boring. However, Fitryo compiled 10 simple tips and tricks to make a healthy lifestyle fun:
Make Breakfast Your Most Important Meal of the Day.
Breakfast restores your body’s “fuel tank” after spending the night without food. This is important because breakfast food will give you energy to start the day, and the more energy you’ll have the better the day will start! Easy to prepare breakfasts include: cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles or any of the breakfast recipes that Fitryo provides in their Nutritional Booklet.
Drink water….ONLY water.
The soda and juice industry has been taking over the world, and people started to forget about pure H20. It has been studied that simply drinking strictly water instead of other beverages can make one lose about a pound a week. Water has zero calories and zero sodium. There are no negative ingredients in water, that is why that should be the on beverage that enters your body.
Snacks are a great way to refuel, but be careful in the manner in which you do this. Choose snacks from different food groups – a glass of low-fat milk and a few graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, or a protein shake.
Cut out sugar.
Sugar has zero nutrition. Get rid of corn syrup and artificial sweeteners as well, because they are unhealthy in the long-run. Sugar is linked to the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S and the rising rates of diabetes. It is also linked to heart disease, which remains the number one killer of people in the US. A great sugar substitute are fruits or any other natural food that has a sweet taste to it.
Balance your food choices – don’t eat too much of any one thing.
You don’t have to COMPLETELY give up foods like hamburgers, french fries and ice cream to eat healthy. You just have to be smart about how often and how much of them you eat. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide Pyramid and checking out the Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels will help you get all these nutrients. If you are craving unhealthy foods, attempt to simply dedicate a “cheat day” once a week to consume them.
Try to consume at least FIVE meals per day.
A common misconception among people who want to lose weight is that the less meals that you consume per day- the more weight you are going to lose. The “crash diet” technique never works in the long run. In fact, you should consume up to five or six HEALTHY meals per day in order to see best results.
Eat more grains, fruits and vegetables.
These foods give you carbohydrates for energy, plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. Besides, they taste good! Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also in the grain group.
Bananas, strawberries and melons are some great tasting fruits. Try vegetables raw, on a sandwich or salad.
Eat moderate portions.
If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. As stated earlier, five to six meals is the recommended amount. However, these portions have to reasonable. Read the Nutritional Facts for most foods yo consume and see how many portions are recommended per each.
Try not to eat out.
If possible, try not to eat out. Most restaurants/food places have highly processed foods and the foods are typically not the best for you. AT home, always keep organic and fresh food, and when you cook your food try to use low amount of oil and only natural ingredients.
Make healthy eating fun!
Find recipes you enjoy and constantly differentiate your diet to keep eating exciting!