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Thanks for the great tips!
You've echoed my own thoughts on a balanced diet. Thanks.
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Some great advice! Whole natural foods, mostly plant based is a good guideline too. Your body knows what to do with whole foods as close to their natural state as possible. When you process the food and add strange sounding things your body really doesn't know how to handle it.
Okay so I thought I'd share with everyone some changes I've made to my eating habits to help me obtain and MAINTAIN optimal nutrition in my diet. Here's some of my big strategies:
*Drink PLENTY of water, you may not be hungry when you get those snack-food cravings you may be thirsty!
*Simplify! Follow the calorie counter provided by SP but don't OBSESS over it. Use it as a goal-line
*Try not to think of foods as "off limits" you just end up craving those things more! Just remember, everything in moderation
*Think smaller portions - eat untill satisfied, not untill you feel like you're going to barf
*It's not just what you eat, it's how you eat! Listen to your body, focus on the feeling of being satisfied. Eat with others, it helps you choose healthier options. Take the time to chew! EAT BREAKFAST - you just went 8 hrs w/out eating, your body needs food to start the day
*Eat colorfull foods! They're rich in nutrients AND antioxidants (I'm not talking cherry kool-aid people, watermelons, spinach, eggplant, blueberries, tomatoes etc...)
*Eat more whole grains and limit the processed carbs - choose the whole grain bread over the whole wheat bread! Instead of picking a packaged cinnamon roll opt for some multi-grain pancakes
*Watch the sugar. Limit sugary beverages, opt for some naturally sweetened or "sweeten-yourself" items
*Vary sources of protein. Whey and soy supplements just don't cut it. I go with nuts, tofu, dairy, soy and etc..I'm not just guzzling down 85g of protein from one source
Hope this helps!
Looking foward :)