HELLO! It’s that time of year again! It is Summer 2013, and it’s time to put away the spring clothes and pull out the bathing suits. This could be your favourite season or the most stressful season. Lets face it, when summer is just around the corner, everyone panics. Everyone re-evaluates their physique and starts franticly hitting the gym to get ready to “bare all” to the world. But why do people just want to look good for the summer? Why not look good and feel good all year-long!!!
So, are you ready to get in shape for the summer and keep it off all year-long? Are you ready to have the body you’ve always wanted? Are you ready to be your most confident and healthiest self? If so, you have come to the right place! Give your body the respect it deserves. It is never too late to start.
Here I will give you some basic tips that work for me. Getting in shape is more than just working out believe it or not. To live the ultimate healthy lifestyle and to get the quickest, best results, you need to practice BOTH healthy eating and exercise.
*For this blog post I will be talking about my top 8 healthy eating tips, and in my next blog I will talk about the working out aspect!
Healthy Eating –“Abs are made in the kitchen”. Most people think that just working out will get them in shape. They don’t realize how important it is to also eat healthy to achieve their goal body. You can’t out-exercise bad eating habits. Healthy eating is a lifestyle, it is not a quick fix diet. I don’t believe in diets.
Eating clean definition: to eat “whole foods”; lean proteins, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, whole carbs, about 90% of the time, and eat indulgences in moderation.
- The saying “You are what you eat” is true. “Every 28 days your skin replaces itself and your body makes new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you’re made of.” The first most important step to healthy eating is to avoid over-processed refined foods. No more fast food! Fact: the less you eat junk food, the less you crave it – this has happened to me and I will never go back to fast food.
Meal Preparation. Are you always finding yourself in the McDonalds drive-thru because you “are too busy and don’t have time to make a healthy meal”? Well, no more excuses! On the weekend, I prep all of my meals for the week. Store your snacks and meals in containers, that way they are ready to go when you are flying out the door.
- Breakfast. Never, ever, skip breakfast. When you skip breakfast, it slows down your metabolism, you’re more likely to gain weight, and you have less energy. Start your day off right with essential nutrients and a boost of energy. Breakfast happens to be my favourite meal of the day!
Bad fats vs. good fats. Did you know we can’t live without fats? Or more specifically, we can’t live without good fats. They provide essential fatty acids, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and are a great source of energizing fuel. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats known as “bad fats” and steer towards monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats known as “good fats”. Some examples of good fats that I love, are nuts (ex. almonds), seeds (ex. sesame seeds), avocados, peanut butter, and fatty fish (ex. tuna).
- Don’t starve yourself. I eat 5-6 healthy meals a day; breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. I eat every 2 hours to keep
my metabolism up and I portion size my meals. For example, my plate for dinner would be 50% vegetables, 30% protein, and 20% starch.
- Find a happy medium. It’s ok to indulge every now and then. You should eat in moderation and find that balance in healthy living. What I do is have one “cheat” day a week (every Sunday) where I eat dessert or whatever I’ve been craving. You should enjoy this treat and know that you deserve it for all the hard work you’ve been doing. This way you aren’t being deprived of all your guilty pleasures or you might find yourself binge eating one day.
Stay hydrated. Replace your sweet drinks with water. You need to be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Did you know water can help you lose weight? It suppresses your appetite, aids in digestion – keeps away bloating, flushes out toxins and boosts your energy. One tip that I use everyday is drinking a glass of water upon waking up (right before breakfast) and also drinking two glasses of green tea a day.
Hope this helps! Stay tuned for the second part of this blog post – working out! 🙂
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