I receive messages and e-mails asking me about my diet and fitness routine a great deal. Therefore, I thought I would do start doing a YouTube series dedicated to Nutrition and Fitness (the first video is above as I’m sure you can see LOL). However, there is only so much I can put in each video and felt that I could go into greater detail in a blog post. As most people know, I do not believe in diets. Honestly, if I had to diet I wouldn’t make it through one day. I can barely fast for 24 hours when I have to do my physical every year LOL!
I do think that once you can get the basics down everything else will follow naturally. Here we go:
1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day (64 oz. total)
2. Do NOT skip breakfast
3. Eat at least three actual meals a day
4. Eat two healthy snacks a day [almonds, plain yogurt, melons, berries, organic peanut butter (2tbsp), hummus, soy nuts, edamame].
5. Portion control, STOP eating when you are full
6. Eat veggies with EVERY meal. Such as spinach (any green leafy veggie is great), asparagus, broccoli and green beans.
7. Limit caffeine/soda/soft drink intake to one cup/glass a day
8. Limit fruit juices to one cup a day (these have a great deal of sugar)
9. Limit junk food/fast food/desserts to twice a week (goal is once a week)
10. Before going to the grocery store, have your meals planned out for the week
I know it is hard for some people to drink eight glasses of water a day. Remember you can always use crystal light to give it some flavor. In addition, green tea is full of antioxidants and is a good way to get in that water as well. There was confusion in my YouTube video and some people thought I meant to drink the green tea in addition to the water. However, that is not what I meant! I meant you could drink a couple glasses of green tea as a substitute for plain water! In the video, I was saying what I do because I work out and when I am working out I perspire a great deal and feel I need a higher water intake. If I am not working out, I just drink the 64 ounces of water each day.
Remember, ALL of your meals should consist of fiber, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. For your healthy fats, try cooking your meat using extra virgin olive oil. You can also use that when cooking fresh spinach along with garlic and pepper (taste great).
I hope this first post for nutrition was helpful. I intend to do at least one post a month. Going forward I will also remember to take in consideration the needs of vegetarians. If there is anything you would care for me to address, feel free to post a comment below or send me an e-mail (click the link of the side of my site that says e-mail). In the future, I will also provide fitness tips. These will post the same week as the nutrition posts!