Hello my lovely readers! Today I wanted to take a fun turn and instead of cook something delicious, share some nutrition tips instead! I am excited to introduce you to a fellow blogger, and new friend Rob Reed. You can follow Rob on Twitter at ehealthydiet.
I hope you enjoy! Don’t be shy, go say hi to him at his personal site, or on twitter.
Throughout my experiences, I’ve learned a few things about nutrition that I would love to share. Thanks to Terra for giving me the opportunity to write a post for her blog, I appreciate it!
Food is very interesting because our bodies need food to survive yet there are so many options, healthy and unhealthy, that we can choose from. Unfortunately for us, unhealthy options are perceived as typically cheaper and quicker than the healthier options. I’m here to tell you that you can eat cheap, quick AND healthy!
So how do we use food to our advantage to keep our body running smooth and healthy? Here’s some ideas…
What to eat:
Include a protein and carb at every meal as the body processes this combination very well.
Proteins include cheese, lean meats, eggs; Carbohydrates include brown rice, potatoes, fruits and whole wheat breads.
When to eat:
My parents always forced the three square meals a day, but this is changing!
Try to eat five to six times per day. This has been shown to increase metabolism but is still being debated by health professionals. Times that I use are 8:30, 11:30, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 9pm.
Try this for a week and you will be able to feel the difference. You’ll feel lighter and more energetic than eating larger portion meals 2-3 times per day.
How much to eat:
Try to eat a protein the size of your open palm, a carbohydrate the size of your fist and the rest fill up with vegetables to your liking (No, french fries don’t count!). Remember that you’re going to eat again in 2-3 hours so no need to have seconds!
There are a wide variety of nutrition shakes. Shakes provide nutrition the body needs with low fat and calories, and have a good protein/carb mix. I’ve recently been using shakes by Body By Vi, sweet cream flavor but most shakes will also give you some benefit. Check to make sure they are low in sugar! Boost has 29 grams of sugar for one shake!!! Shakes can be meal replacement or snacks between meals. They’re easy to make, you can simply add water or milk, or add fruits and other ingredients
So what do I eat? Here’s an example plan. You should plan your next day (or week’s) meals to help keep you on track and not having to make quick decisions when you’re hungry.
Breakfast: Body By Vi Nutrition shake
Lunch: Body By Vi Nutrition shake
Snack: Apple, cheese stick
Snack: Cottage cheese, blueberries and rasberries
Dinner: Lean pork chop, brown rice, steamed broccoli
Desert: Terra’s Cherry Greek Yogurt Quinoa Cookies (YUM)
Hopefully this gives you some information that will help you start to make better choices with your daily nutrition. Give these guidelines a try and I know you’ll start feeling a difference!
You can check more about me at my site Healthy Diet Plan Blog. I’m also currently on week 4 of my Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge!!
You should still contact your physician before starting any physical activity, or diet change. We are in no way claiming to be health professionals, these are personal opinions from personal experiences.