“Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle”
Besides the things we hear over and over again like eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, don’t smoke, floss, get at least 8 hours sleep, drink more water, watch your salt intake, I believe there are things we should take notice of and place more importance on than the usual advice health experts tell us. I’m not a huge fan of “diets”, I just believe in finding habits that work for you. I have compiled a list based on what has worked for me and helped me get healthier inside and out. Keep reading to find out more.
Step 1: Avoid all genetically engineered/modified foods –
The nongmoproject.org says that “GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE.” Countries around the world have considered GMO’s not to be safe and have heavy restrictions or bans on them. The US government however, have approved of GMO’s (scary) and are not labelled to let the consumers know if they are buying GMO products. Click here to find out the top 20 foods that have been genetically modified and why they shouldn’t be consumed. I have also written a post about the 12 worst ingredients that you NEED to stay away from. Find it here.
Step 2: Eliminate hormones and antibiotics in your meat –
I know you cannot avoid it all of the time, and organic meat is so expensive, but try to at least buy antibiotic and hormone free meat 90% of the time. There only use is to fatten the animals up for larger production at cheaper costs, and to prevent disease in crowded and unsanitary conditions. Growth hormone, steroids and estrogen are just some on the hormones being injected into the animals, and the antibiotics used breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can contribute to cancer, early puberty in girls and other diseases in humans. They are also harmful to our ecosystems. Is that enough to put you off? It is for me! If nothing has been stated on the label then the animal has not been raised free of hormones and antibiotics, so always be aware when you are buying your meat.
Step 3: Buy organic produce whenever possible –
This isn’t do-able all the time so here is a link to the produce that you should definitely buy organic and the produce that is okay to buy conventional.
Step 4: Cook at home more often so you know exactly what is going into your meals
Step 5: Think about how you feel after every meal –
Do you feel bloated? Do your pants feel too tight? Do you feel energized? I’ve come to realize that you should feel good after every meal, not uncomfortable, if you don’t feel good, change your eating habits.
Step 6: On that note, have smaller portions –
I ate on a small plate for about a month and I got so use to those portion sizes that when I used a regular sized plate I never loaded my it. I could transfer anything I had on a big plate to a small plate because I was so used to a certain amount of food. Now I have no problems with portions sizes.
Step 7: Try not to drink any fluids for 15 mins prior and 30 minutes after your meal to reduce bloating –
Drinking with meals (especially cold fluids) slows down your natural digestion process as it reduces the body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes and stomach acids to properly digest food. Honestly this works so well! As soon as I started doing this my bloating problems were almost non-existent.
Step 8: Be careful when eating out –
Research a restaurant before you go, if you can. Try to find farm to table or locally sourced restaurants.
Step 9: Have wheatgrass and supergreen tablets –
Each are packed with nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants and amino acids. They are anti-inflammatory, detoxifies your liver and reduces acidity in the body (alkalizing). For me personally, they have improved my health and kick started my weight loss. I take 4 tablets of each first thing in the morning before breakfast. I love these products and highly recommend! Find them here and here.
So there you have it, some of my basics tips for healthy eating. Commit to change; we are not a slave to our taste buds. We are in control of what we eat at all times. If you implement some, if not all of these changes, you should see an improvement on your overall health. It worked for me, I hope it helps you.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you do any of these things, or if you have any more tips to add that have worked for you.
“Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” – George William Curtis