Vegan or meat eater? On the paleo bandwagon or healthy whole grain train? Proponent of high carb low fat? Prefer high fat low carb? This article is not written to convince you of any particular philosophy but rather to talk about basic practices that everyone can implement without bringing dogma into the mix as Dr. John Berardi would say!
⚠️ WARNING: In this article you’ll find nothing new, nothing sexy, nothing revolutionary…just the things that actually matter.
Side note, if your current strategy is to look for the shiniest new dietary approach because you haven’t found the secret yet. You’ll probably be looking forever.
Instead, focus on doing these 3 things on a consistent basis for a long period of time. You are guaranteed to be on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
#1 Chew your food
Eating is not only about what you put in your mouth, but how your body digests and assimilates those foods. Sitting down, chewing and paying attention to how your body feels when eating not only helps you digest better but also helps you avoid overeating by sensing when your body is satisfied during a meal.
Without changing the way you eat, this is a quick first step to healthier eating patterns. You may learn more about your eating habits when practicing this than you think.
Next time you eat, put your fork down between bites and count how many times you chew before swallowing. Is it more like 3 gulps? or more like 30 proper chews. Obviously you don’t need to chew a slice of bread as much as you chew a piece of steak but this gives you an idea.
Try it out and let us know!
#2 Drink your water
Your body is around 60% water, you can go many days without eating but only a few without water. Water has the job of bringing nutrients into your cells, improves how effectively your body functions and lubricates your joints.
Drinking enough on a consistent basis will help you feel better, have more energy, think more clearly, increase performance in the gym. Kinda powerful.
A general rule of thumb is to drink half your bodyweight in pounds converted to ounces of water each day. So if you are 150 pounds, you should drink a baseline of 75oz of water daily. This will then vary based on temperature, humidity level, exercise duration and intensity.
Vegetables…you need them. Fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc…you need them.
Getting a few proper servings of varied vegetables and fruits on a daily basis will help supply a healthy dose of all the compounds essential to optimal body function.
Don’t skip a meal! Follow these 3 rules as often as possible:
- Include colour at each meal
- Vary the colours you eat on a daily/weekly basis
- Try to include more than 1 colour during a single meal
Keep it simple this doesn’t need to be complicated! Really!
The harsh truth:
You are probably going to read this, think it’s too simple, not sexy, not revolutionary enough or maybe think it’s useful information, and then move on. Most people struggle with implementation and consistency. Don’t let this be you. Start putting these simple steps into practice NOW and your body will start thanking you and give back very soon!
One last thing:
Share this with someone who needs to read this. This will help us grow, but mostly will help them and that’s what we really want.