Daily Diet Tips

I’ve posted about “daily diet tips” before.  It is always a good topic to revisit for myself and for you.  It reminds you and me of what we need to include in our daily nutrition arsenal to strive for good health.

What we put on our plates is a good indicator of health and longevity.

The first thing to do when you wake up each day before you even put your feet on the floor bedside is to express gratitude for the new day ahead.  That just sets the tone for the day…in my opinion.

Start your day with a big glass of water…adding fresh lemon to it is beneficial.

Do your exercises, yoga, Pilates, meditation or whatever physical ritual you enjoy before breakfast.

Don’t skip breakfast.  It is an important foundation to your day.  Change up your choices for breakfast.  Pick health promoting foods such as smoothies made with superfoods, high fibre unrefined carbohydrates such as oatmeal, healthy granola, berries, organic eggs (if not vegan), green tea etc.   Avoid sugar laden cereals, refined carbs such as pastries, avoid nitrite laced bacon.

Lunch could be fresh veggies and hummus, a big green salad, a bowl of vegetable soup, leftovers from your healthy dinner the night before.

Dinner should also be made up of fresh raw veggies in a green side salad, a protein of your choice whether you are vegan or carnivore, maybe a sweet potato or some brown rice.

During the day be mindful to

  • drink lots of water
  • Do not drink too much coffee
  • Enjoy green tea or other herbal teas
  • choose organic everything if you can
  • avoid genetically modified foods
  • skip the sugar
  • no processed foods if you can help it
  • enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate each day
  • eat berries either at breakfast or incorporate into a salad later in the day
  • no snacking on chips or refined carbs…instead eat an apple if you need a between meal fix
  • do not eat after 8:00 p.m. at night
  • avoid soft drinks, fruit juices unless fresh pressed
  • no white stuff as in white flour, white pasta, white bread, white rice etc.  Go for the grainier choices
  • skip the condomints if you can
  • Use Himalayan salt over white table salt if you like salty flavouring
  • avoid margarine and fake foods
  • go for whole foods whenever possible
  • green should be your favourite colour but eat a multitude of colourful fruits and veggies
  • don’t eat standing up or eat if you are in a hurry.  Sit quietly and enjoy your food one bite at a time.

Bottom line…and my rule of thumb….don’t put anything in your mouth that isn’t health promoting.  Of course there are instances where this isn’t always possible but the more you try the better off your health will be.

I always say to my hubby…”it’s not what you eat once in a while that hurts you, it’s what you eat every day that matters.”

 

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