Eating healthy is always on my to-do list and what I strive for – but it isn’t always easy! If you can stick to a healthy diet and fitness routine, the payoffs can be huge – it is just a matter of finding a balance and sticking to it!
**I am no nutritionist and I am not saying these are things you must do to maintain a healthy diet – this is just what I feel works best for me and my body!
Here are my 5 “Rules” for a Healthy Diet:
~ Drink Water & Stay Hydrated
This is pretty obvious rule, but it is so important as all living organisms need water to survive! Water is one of the healthiest beverages to drink and it is available everywhere, so there really is no excuse not to include it in your diet every day. Water is my favourite drink, but I can understand why some people find it difficult to consume large amounts of it due to the lack of taste. Try infusing your water with lemon and fruits! It’ll leave your water with a hint of taste and it is a lot better than those sugar-sweetened beverages you may love! Stay away from sugary drinks because they add calories to your diet without providing you with any nutrients or making you full – don’t drink your calories!
~ Space Out Your Meals
Timing and spacing out your meals depends on various factors including your activity level, time frame and any nutritional requirements you may have. I personally like to eat (or try to eat) between 4-5 meals a day – and by meals I also mean snacks. On a typical day, I will eat breakfast in the morning, a snack an hour or two later (depending on what time I had breakfast), lunch, another snack an hour or two later (again, depending on what time I had lunch) and then I’ll have my dinner. Like I said, it’s all about doing what works best for you, your schedule, your lifestyle and your personal preferences.
~ Eat Your Veggies
Eat a wide variety of vegetables – I love to eat lots of leafy greens such as spinach, and kale because they are low in calories and high in fiber. Make sure you eat other types of vegetables as well because excessive consumption of a vegetable could eventually lead to imbalances over time. I try to stick to the “5 A Day” concept I was taught in school – it encourages you to eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day (minimum)!
~ Say Bye to Fried
I am sure we can all agree that eating delicious fried food is probably the worst choice you can make because it instantly adds calories and fat intake! Try to cut out fried foods and instead, add spices to your food to heighten the taste! Opt to baking, grilling or steaming your food – skip everything fried if possible!
~ Skip the Booze
Alcoholic drinks not only add on those extra calories, but it can also induce hunger, affect your sleeping and even influence your metabolism – which in turn can effectively ruin your healthy diet! An alcoholic drink here and there won’t hurt anybody – just try to maintain the amount you are in-taking to a minimum!
So there you have it! 5 “Rules” I try to follow to maintain a healthy diet. There are countless other ways to improve and maintain your diet, but these are just a few that I strive for on a daily basis! Again, I am no nutritionist and I am in no way saying you have to follow my “rules” – these are just things I find work for me and my body!