Are you sick of being sick and tired? I feel you. It is common to loose ourselves to the daily grind. When this happens we forget to take care of ourselves. Sometimes we even put ourselves at the bottom of our to-do list on purpose! This can lead us to slowly work our way into a rut of never ending sick days, sleepless nights, days charged on caffeine and mood swings. Shower and repeat, before you know it it has become a habit (not caring for yourself). Day in and day out of setting up shop at the bottom of our priorities is a sure way to loose our minds and our health. Fortunately this is something we can change. Trust me, you can take charge of your life and turn things around. One way to do this is to make little but powerful changes in your diet.
Today I would like to share some tips that can help you improve your diet. These basic guidelines are meant to facilitate taking the first steps towards a healthier and move vibrant you. Keep in mind that we are all different and our biochemical individuality (our unique nutritional needs ) will change according to our genetic make up, lifestyle and environment. It is important to listen to your body and work on making the changes that feel right to you.
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is crucial for health and weight loss. Water helps our body clear toxins, deliver nutrients and assure optimal cellular function. Without proper water intake there is no health, period. Divide your weight by two and that is the average of ounces of water you should be drinking a day. Keep in mind that alcohol, sugary and caffeinated beverages dehydrate you.
Eat a variety of real foods. Consume more foods without an ingredient list. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are some examples of whole foods that are rich in nutrients and flavor. Nutrients work together so variety is important. Eating more of these types of food facilitate the transition into eating less refined foods that are detrimental to your health. Try new things, you might find a new favorite.
Prepare your own meals. Rediscover the health benefits of cooking and taking the time to prepare your meals! By doing this you will build a closer relationship to the things you eat and you will have more control over what goes into your body. You might have to move some stuff around but making time to nourish yourself is key to optimal health.
Chew your food. The nutrients in our food are only as good as they can be absorbed by your cells. Chewing our food well is one of the first steps to a healthier you. It is one of the most powerful and simple tools you have to get the most nutrition out of your food. Eating your food in a calm manner will not only enhance the flavors of your food but it will also make its nutrients more available to your body.
Enjoy your food, eat mindfully. Prepare your meals with love. Sit at the table with family or friends and eat mindfully . Explore using all your senses for a more satisfying and nourishing eating experience.
If you are ready to put yourself on top of your list and create the life you want for yourself these basic steps will help you get there. Creating healthy eating habits will transform your life, that is a promise.