The beginning of every year starts with the excitement of fitness goals, weight loss plans, and positive changes. But it changes so quickly when our lives catch up with us, and the free time to work out, eat healthy, and be productive goes out the window. We are half way through April, summer is just around the corner and it’s that time of the year again when everyone starts to worry about their bikini body, eating healthy and getting back to the gym.
Every beginning is hard, but trust me it will well be worth it when you start feeling better about yourself. Developing a new habit doesn’t happen overnight and once you have established that, you won’t feel frustrated every time you give in to that chocolate bar or skip a workout day. It’s all about consistency.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. If we set realistic goals and differentiate between bad habits to good ones, it can be easy to implement. My biggest tip?
Don’t start a diet create a lifestyle you can keep. In fact, I hate this word diet, because it used to throw me off every time. The second I decided I was on a diet, all the crazy desires for junk food would haunt me and I could only keep the “miracle diet” on my routine only for so long.
What really worked for me was to understand more about the science behind eating, the nutrients and how our body digests them. Of course, not everyone has the time to study nutrition like I did, so here are some of the things I do on daily basis that will help you to put your health back on track.
Start your day with a protein based meal
I would really like to know who taught us that eating cereal and bread for breakfast was a good idea and I’d like to have a word with that person lol. You should keep in mind that the best thing to “break-your-fast” is low glycemic food, that will provide a steady release of insulin which will make you feel satisfied for longer.
Have a Protein Shake as a Snack
I’m not a big supporter of juices at any time during the day (if you want to know why let me know and I’ll gladly share my thoughts on that) however I do have one protein shake a day blended with peanut butter and banana. I don’t suggest going crazy adding all sorts of fruits (don’t drink more than what you would be capable of eating). Keep it simple, have your shake between meals or after your workout.
Don’t Snack, Eat a Meal
Picking food all day long is the worst thing you can do when trying to lose weight. If you are hungry eat something substantial. If you are on the go, trying to get somewhere and just doesn’t have time for a proper meal, have bag nuts with you. I always carry some on my purse just in case. Aside from being tasty, they have good fats that won’t spike your insulin, keeping you from getting hungrier.
Aim for early dinners
One of the best things I can possibly suggest you is avoid eating near bed time. If your body is still half way through digestion and you are already seeing fairies in your dreams, all that food will be stored as fat because your brain understands that is rest time, and like every other part of your body, your digestive system also needs a good rest. I usually have my dinner no later than 7 pm every day.
And my very last tip for you is that, in order to start getting your health back on track, you need to avoid as much as you can eating sweets in the evenings. I have a sweet tooth myself and I know how hard it can be to manage a crazy desirer that comes up completely announced in the middle of the night (especially after a drinking night out lol). Stay strong and go to bed!
Let me know how this tips workout out for you, next Monday I’ll be sharing more thoughts on wellness again. Xoxo