By: Cam Friesen
Everyone has their own perception of healthy eating. Eat your greens. Avoid saturated fats. And the now-popular: avoid carbs at all costs! However, sometimes it can get confusing with SO many different people telling you SO many different eating tips. So I decided to boil it down to just three simple tips to assist you in creating good eating habits.
1. Drink more water
I know you’ve probably heard this one a million times, but I cannot stress it enough. Our body is around 60% water, but that doesn’t mean you can relax when it comes to water intake. Drinking more water will increase your energy levels and make you feel fuller so you don’t need that post-dinner snack. Aim for 2-4 litres per day, depending on your body size.
2. Include carbs, protein, and fats in every meal
Like I mentioned earlier, people seem to enjoy avoiding carbs lately. The ketogenic diet (very low carb, high fat, moderate protein) has blown up over the past couple years, influencing thousands, if not millions, of people around the world. I am here to tell you that carbs are okay, and honestly, it’s all about balance. Try to incorporate a carb (say, brown rice), a protein (maybe a salmon filet) and a fat (how about some avocado) into every meal. This will reduce cravings and help you feel properly satiated after a meal.
3. Meal time consistency
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “consistency is key” from many different people in different professions and environments. Ever wonder why it’s so common? Because it’s one of the most applicable and trustworthy phrases ever. It is no different when it comes to meals. Try to eat your meals every day at roughly the same time. For example: breakfast at 7-8 am, lunch at 11 am-12 pm, a snack at around 3-4 pm, and dinner at 6-7 pm. Your body and mind will thank me later.
Hopefully these guidelines for healthy eating can help you reach your health goals. They are designed to be simple, yet effective enough to induce change, whether it’s weight loss, energy levels or muscle gain. As always, feel free to contact us for nutritional advice at any time. Happy eating!