Do you feel that being healthy and eating healthy means you’re on a diet and you have to restrict yourself from the things you love? I am here to tell you that eating more vegetables, drinking more water, and moving your body doesn’t mean you’re on a DIET!
In my opinion, being healthy means focusing on incorporating all the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) into every meal. And to have the things that you want in moderation! So for instance, if you want to have pizza for dinner, have the pizza but include a big salad with tons of veggies and some nuts or avocado. Then you’ll actually be less tempted to stuff your face with pizza!
NOT dieting doesn’t mean you’re having a free for all junk food fest. It means you don’t have to restrict foods from your diet. It’s learning to listen to your body and it’s signals and to eat in a way that feels good to you! Pay attention to the way you feel after eating certain foods. Do you have “brain drain,” like you’re walking around in a fog and need a nap? Do you feel cranky and scouring the kitchen for something more to satisfy you? If so, this may be a sign that you may not be eating enough foods that “fuel” your body.
How to FOCUS on Health and NOT DIETING:
Drink lots of water - at least 1/2 of your weight in ounces each day
Eat more veggies - find a few that you LOVE and keep them on hand for snacks (maybe even to dip in guacamole or hummus)
3 at each meal - Protein, veggies and healthy fat
Move your body daily - this doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise. Just do something to elevate your heart rate for at least 20 - 30 minutes.
Don’t DEPRIVE yourself! If you’re having cravings for foods you know are not health promoting, stop and ask yourself why - are you stressed or lonely? No need to deprive yourself – if you really want something, have it! That doesn’t mean you’ve fallen off the health train! Just plan to get back on track at the next meal!
So tell me, what does healthy living mean to you?