3 Nutritious Habits that Support a Healthy, Happy Lifestyle
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Continuous water intake
Your top priority when moving towards a healthy lifestyle should be achieving optimal hydration levels. It is not just about getting a few glasses in a day – you should be focusing on having around 500ml every hour or two, consistently throughout the day. Cutting out other forms of high caloric fluids will come more naturally when you begin to focus on proper hydration. Here are a few benefits that occur when you start hydrating appropriately:
Increased energy and fatigue relief
Promotes weight loss
Flushes out toxins
Improves immune system
Helps to maintain regularity
Tip: keep a glass or bottle of water by your bed – as soon as you wake up have a glass or two!
Count colours – not calories!
Stick to consuming as many natural foods as possible. We have been nourishing ourselves with fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, whole grains and meats for thousands of years. Not all calories are equal – body prefers to breakdown what it knows. Building your plate with greens, reds and yellows will support a nutrient dense meal that will fuel the body better for workouts, muscle recovery and promote weight loss. When you begin to consume foods without labels there is no reason to count calories!
Tip: support local grocery stores and farmers markets for the freshest produce! I choose local over organic every time.
Get enough protein
At one time/meal your body can absorb and use 30g protein for muscle growth. Anything more is simple extra calories. If you are looking to increase muscle aim to 30g protein at each meal and in between snacks. If you are looking to maintain consuming around 20g-25g protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner will support healthy lean tissue! Remember that protein is not only found in animal products. Beans, lentils, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds all contain good amounts of protein.
Tip: 4oz animal meat is 30g protein! Be mindful the next time you are at a steakhouse – keep the extra ounces for leftovers!
**Focus on the consistency of your health choices not perfection**