There’s a crazy fad diet flying around every time of year but what does it mean to actually focus on nutrition? The path to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle is not extreme. It’s simply about caring for the body you’ll be carrying around with you the rest of your life.
Easy Tips for Proper Nutrition
1. Drink more water
“Water aids your body in digestion and keeps your skin looking youthful and hydrated. On days where you are training or outdoors for a period of time, be sure to consume extra water. Drinking 12 ounces of water before your meal will also fill up your stomach and may prevent you from overeating.”
2. Cut back on sugar
Note that this doesn’t say “never eat sugar again.” Many people take the extremist route of swearing it off completely – which isn’t the worst idea because we are learning more and more about how awful sugar really is for the body – but if you are prone to “caving” on your diet, simply consider cutting out dessert on occasion and reap the benefits of feeling better.
3. Eat more vegetables
- “Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
- Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
- Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
- Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
- Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.” (Source)
4. Eat more protein
“Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.” On top of that, protein keeps you full longer and lowers your blood sugar.
5. Watch your portions
And don’t beat yourself up if you do overeat! It’s okay! It’s gonna happen sometimes and looking down on yourself just makes it harder to succeed. You’re doing great. The important part is that you keep trying.
6. Limit exposure to addictive substances
Cutting back on sugar certainly counts for this category but addiction is extensive and damaging to the body when continuously indulged. From secondhand smoke to the spread of infectious diseases, the consequences of addictive substances are far reaching.
“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates