Have you found yourself in the drive through lane more than not lately? With never ending to do lists, many demands on our time, cooking has taken a back burner to the soccer fields or working late. We are suffering. Family time is suffering. Our health is suffering. Our bodies simply are not designed to process copious amounts of added sugars and sodium. Bloating, weight gain, energy swings, lethargy, high blood pressure and onset diabetes are the side effects of a diet rich with fast food and sugary sodas. It’s just as easy to kick this habit as it was to develop it. It’s understandable with the non-stop barrage of diet and wellness advice blaring from nearly every major media outlet one can get truly over whelmed. Turn off the noise and get back to basics. Follow these recommendations from the trusted nutritionist to reclaim your diet and life. There’s no better time than today to get started!
Commit to spending time on the weekend to making a plan for meals for the following week. Everyone is guilty of grabbing the nearest place to eat or nearest food selection out of convenience. You don’t need to be a master check or have an unlimited budget to eat healthy meals during the week. Make a list of weeknight meals that are simple to prepare and contain healthy, fresh ingredients. Reheating processed food purchased from the grocery freezer section is not healthy eating. Select fresh vegetables and dark salad eaves, lean proteins and fresh fish. Opt for sweet potatoes instead of pasta with cream sauce and wild rice instead of macaroni & cheese. Portion sizes are just as important as portion quality. Protein servings should be roughly the size of your fist and vegetable servings roughly the size of your open palm. Don’t forget fresh snack options such as fresh fruit and a variety of nuts.
As you gradually begin to prepare most of your meals at home, treat yourself once a week with delicious ingredients for healthy meals boxed, chopped and ready to sauté using super savings from Groupon coupons and selections from Hello Fresh.