We've all been there - the weight won't budge, you aren't sleeping well, and you just don't feel your best! It's time to bust through that health plateau in 2017. It's time to finally feel and look your best!
What's the secret? Well, besides making some clear cut decisions and choices, it often comes right down to what's on your plate. That's right - your nutrition! You can exercise all you want and buy all the products/programs you could ever want, but until you make some changes with your nutrition, you might never bust through that awful plateau!
It seems overwhelming though, to overhaul your nutrition. If it was easy, we all would've done it years ago! But, just because it is hard doesn't mean that it isn't achievable. Plus, something that presents us with a challenge is only that much more rewarding when we reach our destination.
When it comes to your nutrition, it's all about filling up your body with real, whole foods (I think I might have mentioned that on the blog a few times... :) ).
First, start with protein: eggs, seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, etc. Fill up your plate with a hand-size portion of protein at every meal!
Second, add your dose of healthy fat, about the size of your palm or 1-2 tablespoons if the fat is an oil or creamy substance. Choose from avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. Remember to stay away from the more refined vegetable oils (canola, corn, vegetable, cottonseed, etc). Those are inflammatory to the body and the gut, and could be contributing to a health plateau!
Lastly, load up on the veggies! Fill up two-thirds to three-quarters of your plate with non-starchy veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, peppers, leafy greens, mushrooms, eggplant, etc. Add potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, or fruit on more active days. Or, add fruit to the end of your meal for your "dessert!"
Hungry between meals? Load up on healthy snacks to keep cravings at bay:
It all starts with one meal at a time, one day at a time. It's doesn't have to be overwhelming! Start with breakfast, then slowly change up your lunch, and finally dinner (or whatever order works best for you!). Before you know it, you'll be feeling and looking amazing!
Need more resources? Check out the multitude of blog posts I have on the subject:
5 Reasons to Eat More Fat
Healthy Travel Snacks
4 Ways to Save Money on Real Food.
3 Simple Steps to Create a Real Food Meal
Should You Go Gluten-Free
Deciphering a Nutrition Facts Label
Stocking a Real Food Pantry
This is your year. It's your time to feel and look your best, and it begins with nourishing your body with real, whole food!