Jackie Wright: Begin eating well today
The Fitness Trail
While tomorrow sounds “like a plan,” today is the best day to begin eating well. If you have in the past, you know what that means, and if you have not embraced eating well yet, now is the time.
Eating well is not about deprivation. It is about feeding the body properly, with healthy amounts of all macronutrients and micronutrients encouraging the body to function optimally, both physiologically and structurally.
That said, we are all individuals, and while there are recommended daily intakes of all macro/micronutrients, due to our uniqueness, those recommendations may not necessarily manage our body’s specific needs for optimal function. Additionally, our energy needs vary from day-to-day based upon what our level of exertion will be that day.
For example, my most physical day is always Wednesday; consequently, on Tuesdays, I “feed” my body in such a way that Wednesdays will not take a complete toll on me and will enable me to be prepared to handle my very physical Thursdays.
This week, consider the following tips for eating well today linking your todays together until you are eating well throughout life. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Tip 1: You must be aware that there is no one pill, program or product that will enable you to build muscle mass, lose body weight, and keep it off for life. So, rather than spending hundreds of dollars on pills, programs and products (which many Americans do in the billions annually), just begin paying close attention to what foods you input. Ask yourself, what is the quality of the food, where did it come from, how was it prepared and what nutrient requirements does it fulfill? Are you receiving an adequate amount of fats, carbohydrates and high quality proteins (i.e. macronutrients)? Are you receiving an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals (i.e. micronutrients)? Are you inputting enough water?
Tip 2: Portion control is king! If every client I train would consistently monitor the portions of the foods they intake, paying close attention to serving sizes, my guess is that few would have the challenges they do with weight management. Always measure out your portions and be acutely aware of what that means in terms of your nutrient intake and caloric input. You do not need to be obsessive, just aware and over time, your experience and instincts will keep you in line.
Tip 3: Avoid punitive dietary practices by simply controlling the portions and the frequent intake of foods that tend to create patterns of overindulgence.
Tip 4: Create daily dietary plans. This may sound time consuming, but it really is not. Most of us have relatively predictable schedules. So, planning ahead for this schedule is as natural as planning your work week. Sundays tend to be a good day for this process so you are set for the week and this includes making sure you have the foods you need in the house weekly to stay on track. For those of you with more unpredictable schedules, plan for the uncertain by keeping healthy alternatives handy for those hectic times.
Tip 5: When dining out, ask the same questions noted above in Tip 1 and apply the same principles of portion control and serving sizes.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness LLC in Granby. She may be reached at her website at http://www.mtnlifefitness.com, her email at firstname.lastname@example.org and her Facebook page at Mountain Life Fitness.
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