As you move on into a new week and we round out the month, think about these habits. It is all about habits and creating a habit means practicing something for 3 weeks and watching it evolve into your everyday way of life. Habits take conscious efforts. Practice these few habits today and try to keep them a focus for the next 3 weeks. If we can create a few new habits before the end of the hear, that is one more healthy habit you will carry with you in 2012!
Eat your veggies and don’t worry about counting them. As you should know, veggies are a free free free food on our plans. Vegetables are full of nutrients, vitamins, fiber and are so good for you. Not only will they keep you healthy but they will keep you satisfied and away from giving into cravings! Eat your veggies!
Moderation is Key! It is that lovely word we use quite frequently, Balance. It is about finding that balance and being moderate with your choices. Rather than looking at foods as Yes/No foods, look at everything within moderation and be balanced in your choices. Craving chocolate, rather than eating a candy bar, be moderate with your choice and go after an ounce of dark cacao chocolate.
Consume foods from all food groups and eat as fresh as you can. Eat your heart healthy complex carbs, healthy fats and lean proteins but try to consume a variety of each macromnutrient. Rather than eating oatmeal as your only carb source, eat oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, yams, sweet potatoes, etc. Keep things changing. Try to consume as much fresh food as you can and opt away from anything that has undergone processing!
Don’t forget your fruit! You may have been told or under the impression that fruits are bad because of their high sugar content. Fruits offer so many health benefits and essential vitamins. You must eat a variety of fruits, just refer to our second tip, within moderation.
What works for someone else may not be what works for you. Remember that we all are different. Follow a clean eating program and discover foods that work best for you. Maybe your coworker is “gluten intolerant” and following a gluten free diet but that doesn’t mean that is going to be the best “diet” for you. Learn to listen to you and your body. Feel how you feel when you ear certain foods and discover those foods that feel good in your system and make you feel light, energetic and alive!