It can be hard to not only make the right choice on what we should be eating, but also to stay consistent, keep it cost affordable, meet your timeline…the list can go on when we talk about barriers to having the best diet. Considering this, there are some basic things we can do to make sure we are getting enough of the right stuff in your diet.
1. HAVE A PLAN You have to know yourself if you want to make changes to your eating. What are your current habits? Do you grocery shop? Do you just eat on the go? Kids? Work? Cost? Answering these questions and budgeting out what you want to spend on food are going to be huge pieces to knowing what barriers exist and how you can plan to avoid bad practices.
For instance, if you have limited time and options during the week to eat healthy or have access to healthy food, then you need to do MEAL PREP. Pick a 2 hour chunk during the week where you can chop up veggies, fruits, cook some meats in build and then parcel them out among tupperware so you don’t have to stress during the week! Make it fun and food prep with a friend! You may also find meal prep is a great way to save money!
2. SHOP THE EXTERIOR OF THE GROCERY STORE the best way to know if you are getting the right foods is to shop the exterior. The meats are our protein needs, veggies and fruits and bulk whole grains give us those good carbohydrates we need and the bulk nuts and seeds sections round out our Paleo or whole foods diets in the best way! Take these foods home and immediately prep them for the week!
This is also a great time to practice grocery shopping based off of a weekly menu so you can better estimate quantity and get the freshest foods!
3. SUPPLEMENTS Our goal is to get a balanced diet of 40% carbohydrates, 30% Protein, 30% fats and within that breakdown, we need the right fats, lean meats, complex carbs and more and supplements can be a great way to get your body primed for our workouts! Start with a multivitamin and a lot of people are lacking a good quantity of protein so check out a Progenex sample for a quality product and a good price!
Check out next week’s blog on FISH OIL!!!
Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Health is a process of ups and downs and it is important to do what we can one day at a time.