What Should I Eat?
As simple as this question sounds, and trust me it should be simple, trying to find a consistent answer is like searching for Atlantis. And yet, proper health and nutrition is vital to living a full, enjoyable life and is a major contributor to overall success. So, why is it so difficult to get sound advice that is actually doable over the long run? Just follow the money and you can find most answers. Billions of dollars are made in the health and wellness industry each year. That is quite an incentive to produce quick fix diets and magic weight loss pills. But fear not, in this article I will attempt to boil the complexity down into something anyone can do.
I am not a believer in meticulously counting calories and macronutrients. For the majority of people, this is overkill and it is unsustainable over the long term. Learning proper and healthy nutrition habits will serve you much better in maintaining weight loss results. I also am not a fan of diet plans where you eat the same thing every day. Not only are these tough to stick with, as you will grow bored of the food, they can also lead to malnutrition. It is better to eat a diverse diet made up of whole foods. So, with that said here are some basic diet guidelines.
Our body is between 50% and 75% water. Chronic dehydration is a leading cause of health problems and without proper water intake, we can’t hope to cleanse and detox our systems from years of poor nutrition. You should strive to drink at least 1 gallon of water each day. If you have a hard time with this, keep it stupid simple. Get an empty gallon milk jug and fill it up in the morning. Make sure it is empty before bed.
- Eat 5-6 times per day, in smaller portions.
- Each meal should consist of about 4-6 ounces (about 20 grams protein) of lean meat (fish, chicken, egg whites, extra lean beef, etc). This is a medium sized portion about the size of a fist.
- Each meal should consist of about 1 cup of a slow carbohydrate (brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, oatmeal, etc)
- Each meal, with the exception of breakfast, should contain a large serving of a green vegetable (broccoli, green beans, green leaf lettuce, spinach, etc). For breakfast, have a piece of fruit. Have another piece of fruit as a snack sometime before dinner.
- No processed foods or refined sugars
Unfortunately, the vegetables available to us today have much lower vitamin and mineral content, due to the way in which we farm. That is why it is important to supplement your diet with a good multivitamin and a greens supplement, to ensure you are getting all the micronutrients you need to thrive. Sadly, finding good supplements can be a huge problem. Most products either do not contain the ingredients they claim to or what they do contain is not bio-available, so you end up literally flushing your money down the toilet. Again, fear not, I have used my own laboratory (my body) to test A LOT of products and here are my recommendations for a daily multivitamin and greens supplement. (DISCLAIMER: I am a distributor of these products, BUT I became one because of their quality and effectiveness.)
Those two supplements, along with the diet guidelines above, will give you a solid basic foundation of health. You should feel much more energy and vitality almost immediately!
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