Let me first start off by saying I am not a nutritionist. I am, however, someone who has paid close attention to the food that goes into my body. I have read countless books and articles on the subject, but I am not an expert. Please keep that in mind.
When I work with children, I teach them to treat their body as they would a sports car. If you use this analogy, it will help you learn to respect your body and not take it for granted. If you had an expensive sports car, take this Ferrari, you would make sure it stayed in excellent condition. Only the best gas, oil, filters, etc. would go in the Ferrari. You would never put in cheap gas that had fillers in it. You would be a fool if you didn’t take the car in for regular service check ups and keep it protected from the elements. It’s a Ferrari! So, why don’t you do this for your body? Why do we think that our body is a Yugo?
The first step in any dietary change is to do your own research. I would recommend keeping a food log. Don’t worry so much about tracking the amount of food you are eating. Instead reflect on how the foods made you feel. Did you notice a change in energy levels? Are you bloated? Is your blood sugar spiking and falling? Are there skin and hair changes? This is an important step for you to figure out which dietary changes to make. Remember, what works for your 5’10’’ friend who eats carbs all day long may not work for you (Believe me….I have several of these friends).
Once you have tracked your food and are ready to make changes, the government’s nutrition plate is a great place to start (mypyramid.gov). This is the best example the government has ever put forth. I’m not sure if they got it from Dr. Oz or vise versa, but it’s a great model.
Vegetables and fruits should make up most of your meals. I would suggest vegetables more than fruits due to the natural sugar found in fruit. Go for greens such as spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, and arugula. They are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. Watch for “veggies” such as peas and corn. Your body metabolizes them as starches. If you are not a vegetable lover, this will be tough. Start looking for recipes that will appeal to you. If you read that broccoli is good for you, but try it and hate it, you won’t eat your vegetables. (BTW, broccoli is a super food. I try to eat it everyday).
Cut out the processed foods! Again, the sports car analogy. Don’t put cheap fuel into your body. If you do, you’ll get a cheap performance. Tosca Reno has perfected the Eat Clean model that weight lifters have used for years. She has over 10 books filled with insight, support, ideas, shopping lists, and recipes. Tosca contributes to Oxygen Magazine and she has been on countless news programs. She’s over 50 and let’s just say I would not want to stand next to her in a swimsuit! Next week I’ll present a few other dietary tips I’ve used over the years. I hope you’ll start your own food research today.
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