I bet you feel pretty awesome these days, don’t you?
Before we evolve your eating habits to keep pushing you to higher levels of health, with ease, let’s recap how much you have accomplished so far:
You have already gone through a few weeks of actively dedicating yourself to eating healthy, with the least stress and inconvenience possible.
You are already starting to feel firsthand the little known benefits of eating healthy, from awesome social experiences with satisfying meals, to saving money while becoming superhuman in life and work.
Once you knew how much of an impact healthy eating could have on your life, you logged your way to success through simple, yet profound, numbers and adjectives on a food log that showed you new levels of nutritional insight.
Last week, we took the first big step together by implementing 3 extremely simple tools directly to your food log that got you feeling better immediately, without even changing what you ate.
At this point, you deserve a high-five! You are going strong and changing your life one step at a time!
And now that you have tweaked your foods and meals during your week to make you feel leaps and bounds better, you are ready to evolve.
Which Step Should You Take Next?
You have already maximized your overall nutrition based on the healthiest options that you already enjoy.
At this point, you are fired up and ready to make some awesome change, so what should you do next?
There are hundreds of options that you can choose from; hundreds of diets, meal plans, and eating regimens that you could follow.
But, how would you know which one to pick?
And how would I recommend one specifically for you, without even having met you before?
Nutritional science is a vastly complicated and constantly evolving field where a food is touted as being good for you one day and vilified the next.
There Is No One-Size Fits All Solution
Eating healthy isn’t about a universal system and strict guidelines to follow; it’s about creating a unique style that works for you.
Even if a meal plan or diet seems perfect, is backed by science, and has been tested to work with hundreds of other people, trying to follow it might be the worst decision you can make.
If an eating style doesn’t work for you and your lifestyle, it will only cause you frustration and wasted efforts.
Instead of causing you unnecessary frustration and wasted time, let’s take a look at the big picture of eating healthy to start building your own style, one piece at a time.
Foundations To Build Your Perfect Eating Style
Three foundations that will bring you the biggest benefit with the least effort.
These foundations are meant to guide you in the right direction and start allowing you to feel even better, so you can start living more and worrying about nutrition less.
They are foundations to healthy eating that have stood the test of time and are here to stay.
Without them, you will never reach your full potential, so start incorporating them into your life now to keep working your way to your health goals.
Foundation #1: Drink More Water
The importance of water in your body can never be emphasized enough.
The majority of people opt for a soda, a.k.a soft drink, soda pop, etc., instead of water.
I’m sure you have heard of all the negative health consequences that are associated with soda, including obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, etc., so let’s instead focus on a handful of awesome health benefits you can enjoy if you opt for water above all else:
- It can assist you in weight loss in multiple ways.
- It can make you feel more energetic.
- It can keep your body running smoothly and flush waste out of your system.
- It can improve your mood.
- Eating it through water-rich fruits and vegetables can give you a tasty treat and pack a healthy punch.
If you want to read about more benefits of drinking water, click here.
The easiest way to start enjoying the benefits of water is to carry a bottle of water with you and drink from it when the mood strikes.
Have a bottle within arm’s reach when you are at your desk working, out running errands, and even stuck in traffic (be sure to drive safely though).
That is as simple as it gets and can easily ensure you are properly hydrated.
The prime times to drink water are:
- Right after you wake up – preferably after you brush your teeth to avoid ingesting unnecessary night-time “germs”
- Before every meal – ensures that you don’t overeat from mistaking dehydration for hunger and also serves to fill your stomach up faster to aid in weight management
- Before going to bed – hydrates you before a night-time of no water and aids in your body’s night-time processes, including repairing muscle and other cells
Drinking water is the easiest change you can make, so be sure to take advantage of it.
If you drink water anytime you feel even mild thirst, you are on your way to enjoying water’s countless benefits for life!
Foundation #2: Eat More Vegetables And Fruits
Ah, good old fruits and vegetables.
I am sure you have heard about all the benefits of fruits and vegetables since birth, so let’s instead focus on how you can start enjoying the benefits with the least inconvenience possible.
You should start by explore new fruits and vegetables.
There are tons of them out there, so go to a grocery store and pick things up that look interesting.
Find new ways to use these exciting new foods and start discovering a whole new world of food that you may not have known existed.
There are tons of vegetables that are ready to eat, including baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, bagged salads, or even frozen options like super sweet white corn and multiple steam-in-bag combinations.
Fruits are as simple as wash and eat from raw or can be a refreshing option straight out of the bag if bought frozen.
Be creative, start crafting snacks using your favorites, and enjoy them as often as possible.
Also, the phrase “fruits and vegetables” sounds catchy, but be sure to rely on vegetables first then fruits, since fruits can still bring some negative consequences if you overeat them, but vegetables can be eaten as much as you like.
Foundation #3: Keep It Fresh
Shortcut the process and eat fresh.
These days we have an infinite number of food options available to us.
With more options, comes a spectrum of choices that range from disastrous for your health all the way to “superfoods”.
Some foods are processed through tens of steps, then boxed up to sit on a shelf for months before you eat them, while others are straight from nature’s source to you without any processing.
In order to keep it simple while starting to eat healthy, focus on eating as fresh as possible for your lifestyle.
Instead of microwavable TV dinners and fast food, opt for healthier alternatives that are just as convenient, if not more-so, as discussed in “Eating Healthy Without Sacrificing Convenience”.
This step requires a bit of creativity and dedication to incorporate into your lifestyle, but it can be done more easily than you may think.
The benefits from eating fresh will be well worth it once you apply the formula to your lifestyle, in your own unique way.
Time To Experiment
There you have it, 3 simple and impactful foundations that can guide you towards eating more healthy and feeling even better each day.
It doesn’t get anymore simple than this, so take advantage of them now to start feeling better, looking better, and living life fully.
Drink your water, enjoy your vegetables, and keep it fresh to start building your perfect eating style!
These foundations are meant to do just that, lay the foundation to your eating style, so start incorporating them today to reach higher levels of health and happiness.
P.S. In the coming weeks, we will continue to build your perfect eating style through simple and actionable tips, ideas, recipes, and more, so join the Inner Circle (using the box to the right or below on mobiles) to stay posted.
Also, if you have already mastered the above and want more customized and targeted tips from a Fitness Nutrition Specialist, let’s get in touch to build your perfect eating style faster than you ever thought possible.