Spring is around the corner, which can provide you the opportunity for a brand-new, you! Your nutritional intake may need an overhaul from the long winter, or just in general. I have a few tips that may help ditch the bad nutrition habits, and give you a healthy fresh start. Let’s spring clean those nutritional habits. Overhaul your cupboards
Lifestyle choices are by far the biggest factor that affect our health. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 83% of deaths before the age of 65 are preventable with lifestyle change. I've heard it all...from "I'm going to die anyway, so I'm going to eat what I want" and people continue to smoke even after they've had heart disease. Why? Why wouldn't someone want to make better choices for their body?
Why Starch and Fruit Carb Cycling? These two types of carbohydrates have a greater effect on your systems, and can aid in fat and sugar storage. Adding a starch and fruit cycle to your nutrition regimen, can sometimes aid in speeding up the weight loss process. If you have established sound nutritional habits on a daily basis (examples: eating breakfast, protein at each meal, 5-10 servings green and brightly colored vegetables a day, etc.), then adding this strategy may be one to consider for an extra kick to your weight loss journey.
Many people that are on a weight loss regimen fear the holiday season. Many athletes have some fear in the holiday season as well. No one wants to gain unwanted weight during the holiday season, but you also don't want to feel left out of the festivities or should I say "Feast-tivities". Yes it is those feasts that we fear so much. We love the food, but if not proactive prior to attending those feasts all heck can break loose on the waist line.
Do you ever have a hunkering for something sweet? Do you think about it all day until you satisfy it? After you have something sweet do you feel a rush from the sugar, almost euphoric? Research shows that a high intake of carbohydrates, including sugar, releases a feel food chemical in the brain called serotonin. Then within an hour of eating the sugar you start to crash and you feel tired, fatigued, and lethargic and grab another piece of candy or something.
Did you know that there are just 80 calories and no fats in just one cup of blueberries? They are packed full of vitamin C, getting 14mg per serving. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirements. They also have manganese which plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into energy. Blueberries are also near the top when it comes to antioxidants. What more could you want in a food that taste so good? Yummy!