You Are What You Eat

Sunday, July 10, 2011

“You are what you eat!” This phrase has been said over and over again in regards to healthy living. It’s been used since the 1800’s in one form or another in regards to nutrition. Thinking about what you put into your body is one great way to look at healthy eating. Let’s look at some decisions you can make about what you put into your body to help you have a healthy lifestyle.

Leftovers= Waste! Just because there is food left over on your plate doesn’t mean that you have to eat it, put it in Tupperware, or even take it home with you if you are eating out. If you are full, or know you have hit your calorie goal for the day, it’s ok to toss that extra food! If you are worried about good food going to waste, look at it differently. You body doesn’t need those extra calories and the food will simply go to WASTE in your body by turning it into fat. That fat will be excess on your body that you will have to spend extra time burning off instead of if you had simply tossed it in the trash. So, it’s ok to toss that food away, because it’s better to go in the trash can than to be wasted in your body!

Fresh food! The vitamins and minerals in fresh food can’t be replaced by simply getting fast food and microwave dinners. The preservatives and salt companies add into food can be harmful to your waste line, and don’t give you the same nutrients fresh food does. Even fruits and vegetables lose some of their nutrients when cooked so having foods fresh really is the best option! Yes, fresh food can be more expensive than foods full of preservatives, but again, having lower calorie and more nutritious foods upfront can help you from putting on additional weight.

Portions! Start with small portions or even small plates for yourself and your family. Smaller portions will help you with overall portion control, which will help you with your overall calorie control. Plus, if it’s not right in front of you, people are more likely to have better self-control. Taking time to have to get up, if you want seconds, can give you extra time to decide if you are full and want or need seconds. Just like the movie super-size me, larger portions will lead to a larger waistline. So, smaller portions can help you and your families live a healthier life.

I understand how hard it is to change your lifestyle and live a healthier lifestyle. Learning it is ok to toss food away can be difficult if your have been raised to be a part of the clean plate club or if you grew up with financial difficulties and food was a valuable commodity. But if your goal now is to lose weight or simply to maintain your weight, following these simple steps and changing your mindset can be key to that goal. If you need help prioritizing your life and learning how to add activity to an overall healthier lifestyle, contact me today. I am an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and can help you reach your lifestyle goals.


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    I like your take on leftovers. I always feel guilty about throwing food away, even if it is not something that is very good. But it is okay to throw some things away.
    I agree that using a small plate is helpful with portion size. You can fill up the plate instead of having a sad half-empty large plate.
    2481 days ago
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