Seven Tips from a Health-Conscious Person: Nutrition
Whether you have a special occasion coming up, a work function or some travel time, knowing what’s ahead can help you know your options. I know when I’m at home, I am consistent with my healthy eating, so it’s okay if I splurge a little sometimes.
Usually on Sunday or Monday, I take a little extra time to meal prep one or two meals for the week. Sometimes this means throwing together a Super Bowl of fresh veggies and fruits topped with nuts and seeds. Other times this means a stir fry of rice, beans and veggies that fit perfectly in my Tupperware for a quick re-heatable lunch or dinner.
My obstacles typically arise when I have a packed day or I’m traveling. Knowing that things can throw a wrench in my game plan can help me prepare to have a back up plan. I always keep snacks in my bag that can serve as a meal replacement such as fruit, nuts, bars, hummus, cheese sticks, veggies and protein powder. I will not be tempted to pull over for fast food ever!
Variety is Key.
I am constantly seeking new healthy meal ideas that meet my vegetarian lifestyle. I swear by the Zipongo app and yes, Pinterest. In fact, I cannot wait to try these buffalo cauliflower wraps this evening.
Moderation is Key.
I love the 80/20 rule and aim to live by it daily. Most of the time I put foods in my body that I am proud of like fresh veggies, nuts, seeds, egg whites, fruits, water, etc. A smaller percentage of the time I add the cheese, eat the dressing, make the pizza or order the dessert without guilt.
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With the 80/20 rule in mind, foods or beverages that tempt me are not kept in my home or near me at any given time for the very reason that I know that it will tempt me. So whatever your weakness, simply don’t buy it unless it is in a single portion size or can be eaten as a guilt-free pleasure.
Track for Accountability.
Though I work in the health industry, I am a total foodie. If it’s fried, I want it. If it’s cheesy I crave it. If it’s juicy, I must have it! Tracking makes me become conscious about my food choices and how they affect my personal health goals. Read more here.
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey