You may have noticed a trend in workout plans with programs like P90x and Insanity. As someone participating in these programs currently, they are not for the faint of heart. The workouts are long and tedious. For most people, the workouts might not be necessary, but they also come with an amazing nutrition plan. Planning your meals in advance can be an important factor in staying healthy.

What the Issue?

In today’s world, we often find ourselves succumb to the world of fast food and processed meals. Maybe we’re too busy, or we want something that’s easy to make, but in doing that, we end up punishing our bodies. The effects can be disastrous in so many ways. Anything from obesity, to always being tired, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep and many other things can lead back to a poor diet. We all enjoy our sweets, but moderation is key. Sticking to the food pyramid we all learned about in health class is always a great reference.

What Can You Do?

If you really want to get back on top of things, all you really need to do is eat a healthier, balanced diet. Even the small things can make a difference. Steps like eating raw over cooked vegetables, switching to whole-grain bread and whole-wheat pasta can make a difference. When it comes to meat, try more poultry and fish and less red meat, it’s easier to digest, and often better for the body. Try grilled over fried foods. Even switching to low fat milk and cheese can help. If you have a sweet craving, stick to fruits over candy. If time and resources allow, eating 5 small* meals a day can help with metabolism as well as drinking your daily recommended intake of water**.

But My Kid Wont Eat It!

More often than not, when a kid says they don’t like something, it ends up being more mental than anything. They think they don’t like it, and in turn, it becomes a reality. In other parts of the world, kids grow up eating raw vegetables and healthy foods and don’t have the option to complain and have something else catered to them. They need to be introduced from the beginning and see that everyone in the family enjoys the same things.

Next Steps

Once you to start sticking to a healthy diet, you’ll find yourself feeling so much better, in so many more ways. Try creating a weekly nutritional calendar and create a grocery list that caters to it. Research, research, research! There’s an internet of information out there, make good use of it. Good luck.

 

*Five 300-400 calorie meals a day are recommended.

**Around 8, 8 oz. glasses of water are recommended a day.