10 Nutritional Rules For Newbies
10 tips to help you get your nutrition on the right track keeping you healthy and happy
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that in order to get into better shape you need to primarily do two things; move your body and eat/drink smart.
Here are 10 things to remember when it comes to fueling your machine.
- For a reality check, consider keeping a food log for several days a few times a year. Be honest and take a long hard look at areas where you can improve.
- Eat carbs every day, especially before and after workouts.
- Load up on fruits and veggies. This can all too often be the first thing to slip from your diet when things get busy. Don’t let this happen.
- Set realistic goals regarding weight loss. Don’t be infatuated with the numbers on the scale. Pay attention to how you feel and your energy levels. Avoid gimmicks and quick fixes. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
- Recover right. Consume some carbs and protein within an hour after finishing exercise. Chocolate milk works wonders here.
- Plan healthy snacks. A few minutes in the kitchen in the morning can save unwanted calories creeping in from vending machines, supermarket aisles, or cafeterias.
- Always have a water bottle nearby. It’s amazing how much more water you consume if it’s readily accessible. And that’s a good thing.
- Follow the 10 % rule. Allow 10% of your daily calories to come from treats such as a small piece of dark chocolate, a little portion of ice-cream, or a mini glass of wine. Enjoy them guilt-free!
- If you’re planning on competing in an event, on race day be sure to eat a hearty breakfast at least 2-3 hours before you start racing. This provides energy and allows enough time for proper digestion.
- On race eve and morning, avoid foods high in fat and fibre to keep your stomach happy while on course.
Be smart about your diet and the benefits will have a positive impact on all aspects of your life. It’s like dropping a pebble into water and watching the circular waves - of health and overall body fitness -expand.
By: Kerry Hale