Research is showing more and more just how much influence diet has on your overall sense of well-being. From energy level, to focus, to physical health, to your emotions. In the end, no matter what physical activity you do, the quality of the diet you choose to fuel your body with is going to be the biggest impact. To transition to healthier eating patterns, start small and build from a solid foundation.
- Keeping your body hydrated is probably the most important
thing you can do for your body. Hydration is key for most systems in your body to run efficiently. Having the ability to take a sip of water whenever you think of it is the most helpful thing you can do if drinking water is a struggle for you. Infusing water with mint, cucumber, or fruit can be a good way to get yourself to drink water as well. However, there is one catch. Avoid drinking water during meals. This will cause a dilution of your digestive enzymes creating an environment in your stomach that is not optimal for digestion. It is best to drink before and after a meal instead.
Keep a food journal
- Before you change anything, simply start to write down
everything you are eating, and perhaps taking note on days when you feel particularly unwell or energized. If you feel depleted of energy in the afternoons. This is a very subtle yet effective way to start tracking where you are versus where you would like to be.
Eat Real Food
- When beginning to make health changes, the grocery store can be a place full of distraction
and potholes. There are plenty of branding and marketing tactics that companies are using to essentially trick you into thinking their processed food is healthy. However, here’s a general rule of thumb: if there are any words or health claims on then it’s probably not actually good for you. Eat real foods first! They will always make your body feel the best.
Consider food combining
- Certain combinations of food
might make you feel unwell. For instance, starches and meat (meat and potatoes) are not ideal for digestion. The foods that take longer to digest slow down the quick digesting foods and cause them to begin fermenting, causing discomfort, bloating, and other digestive issues. As a general rule of thumb, combine everything with vegetables. Fruit and veggies, meat and veggies, starch and veggies. Rather than combining them together.
Listen to your body - In the end of the day, it’s going to be you who knows best how to care for your body. Everybody is different, and there is no one cure-all. Listen to your body and how it responds in order to learn how to care for it efficiently.