Dieting used to be my friend. I felt in control when we were together! Dieting consisted of reducing my calories as much as I could for as long as I could until I got REALLY hungry. Then dieting and I broke up for a day. But I always came crawling back the next day, needing it, wanting it and missing it!
After a serious illness and wakeup call, I learned a better way. I learned that if I fed my body what it needed, wanted and thrived on, I didn’t have to put up with crazy cravings and continuous hunger. I learned to eat healthy, whole foods in the right amount and the right timing so my body started burning fat for fuel. I have used this smart eating plan for years and stayed within a very healthy weight.
Here are my top tips for mastering my metabolism:
Eat whole foods. For me, eating whole foods means eating all foods as close to their original form as possible. Food that is fresh, unprocessed and highly nutritious. Like fresh veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, and lean protein sources.
Start my day with a green smoothie. A banana, powdered greens, red chard or spinach, chia seed for healthy fat plus fiber, vanilla almond or soy milk and stevia to sweeten. Add ice and blend.
Eat 80% of my calories before 3 PM. I find that switching off the hunger trigger early in the day helps me to stay focused and satisfied during my day. Plus, I need my energy levels high while I’m working and dealing with life!
Each meal should have these three components: A serving of lean protein, (3-4 oz. of chicken, turkey or fish) at least 2 cups of fresh cooked or raw veggies, (salad with steamed broccoli and stir fried carrots and zucchini squash) and a small serving of healthy fat, (1tsp-1tbls of flax or olive oil, or 2 tbls of raw nuts).
Save fruits for a snack or dessert. (Frozen blueberries with unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia and vanilla almond milk)
When I learned the fundamentals of healthy eating, I broke up once and for all with my old BFF dieting. Dieting doesn’t really even work because at its core it is about deprivation. And it actually slows down the metabolism.
Healthy eating on the other hand gives my body what it needs to have enough energy to workout, build muscle, burn fat and live a vibrant life!
[Photo by Emily Blincoe]