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Eat Well, Feel Great

Sunday October 30, 2016
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Fitness isn’t all about how much you exercise, there is a diverse range of activities and routines that a person should do to stay healthy. One of the most important parts is healthy eating. This doesn’t mean you should only eat fruits and vegetable and have a strict diet, you need to find the right balance for yourself as everyone is different and will have diverse nutritional needs. Healthy eating is about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and enjoying your life more. Here are some tips to help you achieve that:

Prepare your own meals at home, cutback on fast foods. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food, instead of getting a quick, greasy meal.

Simplify your meals – When you concentrate on the weight of your food and every single calorie you’re taking in you might feel more stressed and more likely to over-indulge in turn making you feel bad and add to stress levels. Instead, concentrate on the colour, variety and freshness of what you eat.

Start thinking about how you feel after your meals – After eating that big bucket of KFC or those McDonald’s burgers you might feel uncomfortable and drained of energy. Eating is the body’s way of refueling itself, similar to when you put gas in your car. If you put pop in it, it won’t run properly, just as if you eat too much processed food, you won’t be getting the proper fuel for your body.

Smaller portions are better – Instead of eating one or two big meals a day consider 3-5 spread out throughout your day. It takes time and energy for your body to process the foods you eat, and over eating can use more energy then you put in.

Eating isn’t a dash to the finish line – It takes your brain a few minutes to realize when you are full, if you slow down the pace at which you eat you’ll know when you’ve had your fill.

Lastly, avoiding eating at night – Your metabolism slows considerably at night, eating before bed can keep you awake longer and throw off your internal clock. It can also lead to weight gain and acid reflux because of lying down before your stomach has had the proper amount of time to digest all the food.

Stick to these tips, consult our Personal Trainers if you want more advice and help on how you can eat properly for yourself and feel great doing it.