How to Fuel for Fitness and Wellbeing

Author: Female For Life | 22 Sep 2011

As with any solid weight management journey, fueling your body with healthy nutrient-rich foods is key. This isn't always an easy, however the good news is with even the smallest changes you can often feel the difference through energy levels and mood

It’s about not changing too much too soon, as this can lead to frustration, deprivation and sabotage.

Here are a few tips you can incorporate into your eating routine to keep your fueled just the right amount.

Downsize your plate sizes. Did you know that the size of our plates has incrPlates 1eased in the last three decades, and with it, so too have our portions?

It’s just like your pantry or your purse – the bigger it is the more you try stuff in it. Choose a small plate for meals to avoid over-sized portions. When eating out, ask for a side plate or split your meals with a companion. If you’re out alone there’s always the option of a doggy bag J.

Be in the present. This is about more than food and fitness, its about lifestyle. If you are eating a meal, then just be doing that, avoid whilst driving, watching TV or even reading. You'll avoid overeating due to distraction, boredom and stress.

Spice up your metabolism. Adding a little spice to your foods raises your metabolism and can slow down the pace of eating. And when I say spice I mean chilli not an extra teaspoon of salt.

Remember to chew. Focus on your food and learn to slow the pace of eating by chewing more slowly and thoroughly, and putting down your silverware after each bite. The more slowly you eat, the more time your body has to realize it is satisfied and full. Plus, thoroughly chewed food digests more quickly in your stomach.

Fill up with fiber. Include foods that are high in fiber to fill you up and stabilize blood sugar levels. You can also make some easy substitutes like replacing corn starch and white flour with physillium husk. This will help you to avoid cravings and will make your digestion run smoother which in turn will make you feel lighter and brighter.

Be organized. Plan your meals for the day. If you are planning to go out for dinner then ensure that lunch and breakfast are healthy and low on complex carbohydrates. Being

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organized also means making sure you get enough proteins, healthy fats and carbs to fuel your day and your fitness levels.ou up and stabilize blood sugar levels. You can also make some easy substitutes like replacing corn starch and white flour with physillium husk. This will help you to avoid cravings and will make your digestion run smoother which in turn will make you feel lighter and brighter.

Become a home body. Although eating out every now again is a great treat, try to cook meals at home where you can control what goes into every mouthful. If you are going to friends – go early and help them prepare so you get to know what you are about to swallow.

Buy local. Try to eat the fruit and vegetables that are associated wit the season. So eat oranges in winter and berries in summer. These fruits and vegetables are rich in the vitamins and minerals you need during that particular season. It’s also a good way of supporting local producers and organic farmers

Avoid processed foods. It’s the most simple of things to understand but many of us simply struggle to follow. If you avoid processed foods and only put whole foods in your belly you will immediately notice a difference from your hair to your skin to your energy levels.

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