If you’ve been at Clear Connections’ for any length of time, you’ve most likely heard the phrase “living the DREAM.” Do you remember what it means?
Use these guidelines to make simple changes…a little bit everyday, to start living your dream life!
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight or just live a healthier lifestyle, there are some general nutrition tips that can help you maximize health and fight chronic disease with your active lifestyle.
An active lifestyle means lots of stress on the body and exposure to free radicals that age and damage the body quickly. Antioxidants, found in many of the colorful fruits and vegetables we eat, protect the body from the damage that can be caused by free radicals, by neutralizing their effects on our cells. Look for a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and eat up!
Vitamins and minerals found in lean meats, fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with the essential nutrients needed not only for basic organ function, but for maximum energy and vitality. A variety of all these food groupings ensure your cells will get the nutrients our bodies are unable to produce themselves.
Portion control and meal frequency are key elements to a healthy, active lifestyle. Instead of three large meals a day, try 6 to 8 smaller, portion-controlled nutritious meals. You’ll stay satisfied throughout the day and keep your energy and metabolism high.
4. Replace Bad Fats with Good Fats
Your body does need a certain amount of healthy fat for optimal energy and function. Look for unsaturated fats and foods with key fatty acids, like Omega-3 and Omega-6, that provide heart health and joint lubricating qualities. Remember that all fat has calories, so enjoy single-serving helpings to avoid extra weight gain.
5. Exercise for Life
Although healthy eating habits are crucial for optimizing nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, good physical exercise is an important component. Exercise not only strengthens the body and helps you release toxins, it facilitates nutrient metabolism and give your body the opportunity to maximize the impact of all those healthy nutrients you give it!
Drink plenty of water throughout the day (A good rule of thumb: drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. For instance, if you weigh 100 lbs. drink about 50 oz. of water a day)
Try to eat fresh, organic produce when possible. Fresh is the best, frozen is a good second option, and canned is a last resort.
If eating meat, try to get organic grass-fed beef, organic free-range poultry, and wild-caught fish.
Variety if the spice of life! Eat colorful fruits and vegetables and add fresh herbs to your dishes for a fresh flavor boost.
Avoid dairy and opt for easier to digest options such as almond or coconut milk.
To Be Continued…. Look forward to the next 4 Pillars to Health over the following month!