Thursday, January 5, 2017

166? Nutrition these days...

My fridge at work these days.
Somehow, the scale read 166 again. I lost my 2 lb. a day streak after only one day.  :) 

As I am trying to get everything on track and have a 2017 running year to remember, I am implementing a healthy eating plan as well.  It isn't rocket science, but I have some basics that help me and could help you.  Here are the main parts to my nutritionally sound self.

1.  More water, lots more water.  Generally, I suck at making sure I drink enough water.  It's important for your body obviously, but it also helps make you feel a little more full if you keep taking it in.  A bonus is having to walk to the restroom every 5 minutes.

2.  Unlimited fruits and veggies.  I really eat a lot of F and V when I am doing it right.  However, you need to be smart.  Grapes for instance are super high in sugar and aren't as beneficial as a banana.  Also, I eat carrots, but again stick to a serving or so a day, because of the sugar.  Vary the colors as well.  Whites, greens, reds, etc.

3.  F sugar.  I stay away from garbage sugar 100%.  I eat no sugar at all, unless it is in a fruit, or part of something like milk, etc.  All white carbs are gone, that is part of the garbage sugar category.  Whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, maybe a little brown rice, oatmeal.  Those are it.

4.  Protein, come over here.  I eat a lot of proteins.  Meats, beans, peanut butter, eggs, fish.  As an athlete, the proteins are super important for recovery.

5.  Trying to avoid sneaky calories too.  Sauces, dressings, condiments, etc.  Most add calories.  I stick with lesser amounts or none, or zero calorie choices like mustard.  

Like I said above, I'm not reinventing the wheel here, but some of this stuff is easy.  Finding some go to things you enjoy that are healthy works well.  I like hard boiled eggs.  Peanut butter is my favorite food, plus it's healthy in a correct serving size.  Go to the stuff you like, avoid the other stuff.  Choking down plain cottage cheese because it's healthy but makes you gag? It makes no sense.  I gotta go eat a couple clementines, good luck

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