Here are top ten Nutrition tips for health eating all year long, with lots of wonderful links to more helpful information from Reboot the Life. This is by no means of complete list of guidelines but a few key things to get you started or keep you moving forward on path toward healthy eating as a lifestyle.
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Drink plenty of water.
Our bodies are about 60 percent water with muscle mass carrying much more than fat tissue. We need to drink water to keep our body systems running smoothly, balance metabolism, enhance energy levels, and promote the good digestion, just to name a few. Besides water, electrolytes are also important especially if you exercise.
Eat plenty of plants.
These colourful gems provide an essential phytonutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes all of which are just as important for the health as macronutrients we frequently hear about like carbs, proteins and fats.
Eat and drink repeatedly throughout the day.
The jury is still out on whether six small meals or three meals is best so try to figure out what feels right for you. But overall, having high quality small snacks, “mini meals” or fresh juice during day can help to improve energy and prevents over-eating.
Limit interruptions and take time to experience eating and engage the senses. Up to 30-40 percent of nutrients might not be properly absorbed if you are unfocused while eating. Like walking, watching TV, typing, working all very common eating activities these days. Digestion begins in brain so by looking at, thinking about and smelling the food, you can help the body benefit from the wonderful nutrients locked away in that meal as enjoying the experience even more.
Limit processed foods.
Read labels carefully. Make natural, homemade versions of the store-bought foods. Like hummus or granola bars, yum!
Seek local foods frequently and organic foods sometimes.
Local eating not only has the more nutrients it can also save you money. You do not have to get everything organic if that is not possible, for some items it matters more like apples and strawberries.
Include healthy fats in the diet.
Eating fat does not necessarily make you fat. Many immune supportive vitamins, like Vitamin E or beta-carotene and hormones, like Vitamin D require some fat in diet for absorption. Pass the avocado, please
Include healthy protein rich foods, including plant-based choices.
Protein rich foods can help to reduce reflux and keep blood sugar levels stable while supporting healthy muscles and your immune system. If you want to add more protein to your juices, chia seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina or the Reboot with Joe Protein Powder are great choices.
For weight management focus more on inclusion of healthy foods and less on restriction of portions.
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