I am sure we all have the same story, at one point in our lives we’ve struggled with our relationship with food. Good vs Bad. Portion control. Diets or even restriction. Am I right?
I too have been there. Back in college I gained weight and struggled to get it off. During that time I went through some ups and downs emotionally when I felt as though my life was being controlled by what I ate and how much I worked out. It was not a great place to be mentally or physically.
Over the last six years I learned a lot about food and how to eat for my health, fuel and enjoyment. Believe me, it took a lot of time and trial and error. But that is why I love being a Health Coach, encouraging people to find ways to care for their bodies and health and then seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moment is so powerful!
One of the biggest tips I can give to those looking to get a hold on their weight, health or relationship with food is to add in food not think about subtracting. Adding in is a HUGE and powerful concept. Thinking about all of the foods you can eat is really exciting and moves your mind from all of those items that don’t add value (nutritionally or to your waistline).
Some of my favorites tips:
- drink LOTS of water. Like, find an awesome glass or water bottle and keep it filled all.the.time.
- Add in fruit as snacks/sweets. I always look froward to my fruit that I pair with my lunch. 9 times out of 10 I can pass on the sweet that I used to reach for post meal.
- Eat a salad at least once a day. This one was one of the biggest game changers for me. Now, I eat a salad as a meal because I absolutely love them (I have a board on Pinerest completely dedicated to them!). But even a small salad before dinner can significantly reduce your hunger.
- Focus on whole foods. Snack on half an avocado, hard boiled eggs, nuts, veggies. No more 100 calorie packs, PLEASE!
- Fiber! Such a great tool to add to your meals. Much like water, fiber fills you up and keeps you full as a protein does. Add in fiber with chia seeds, root veggies, berries, green beans, beans, flax or psyllium husks.
Psyllium husks is a soluble fiber used primarily as a gentle bulk forming laxative in products such as Metamucil. When psyllium husk comes in contact with water, it swells and forms a gelatin like mass that helps transport waste through the intestinal tract.
Adults should add in 1/2-2 tsp of psyllium seeds to 1 cup of water a day. Doing this one little healthy habit a day can reduce your risk of colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, IBS, and obesity. source
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a berry, almond milk, protein smoothie with Metamucil added in. I love this easy way to start my day on the right food that tastes delicious, too.
What I love most is that Metamucil comes in flavors! I like the berry and orange flavors because they blend seamlessly into your smoothie, but also taste good mixed into water. Metamucil can also be added into baked goods, oatmeal or one of your bottles of water that you are drinking (riiiihgt?).
While I usually save a lot of my health information for my HC clients, I really wanted to share this one with you guys because it is SUCH an easy and important addition to your day. Being healthy is about caring for your body inside and out.
What is a healthy habit you practice every day?
What is a tip your would share with someone struggling with weight?
Disclosure: I received product from Meijer in exchange for a blog review. I also received product to review. All thought and opinions stated are my own, as always!