August is the all-time favorite vacation month for most people, no matter where they live in the world. It is often the month when many fitness enthusiasts decide to take things easy for a while and their healthy nutrition falls off track.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry! We got you!
To help you get back into a healthy routine, Greg is speaking at Community Cocktails with Kimberly Podcast. He shares some simple, but yet, very effective healthy habits that can really change your life for good.
The truth is that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. No matter how much you work out, your diet determines the results you’ll get from your efforts at the gym.
Note that the word “diet” shouldn’t mean a restrictive diet. It simply means a way of eating.
Greg talks about an interesting study that was done at Oxford. The researchers found that the people who are successful at healthy eating follow two simple rules – they prepare their meals in advance, and have a daily checklist.
While preparing essentially means cooking for the next few days or a week, it can also mean just thinking about what you’re going to eat. This allows you to shop groceries with intention and to plan out what you’re going to eat and cook every day of the week.
If a whole week seems too difficult to plan, you can design just a few days in advance. As long as you establish a routine, you’ll be able to follow this recommendation easily.
Having a checklist ensures that you won’t skip a meal and that you won’t have to take any decisions on a daily basis regarding your food. Following a plan and checklist will help you get into a flow of doing and remove any excuses your brain might come up with.
If you don’t enjoy meal planning you can also use meal prep services that do the whole work for you. We live in a time when we don’t have any excuses not to eat well because services like that are available now!
Having a balanced diet in place will prevent you from feeling sluggish after having a too large serving of food or too many carbohydrates without a sufficient amount of protein. Your days can get so much more productive and enjoyable when your energy levels are high throughout the whole day.
Another important thing that Greg mentions is that people tend to believe that healthy food is more expensive, while in reality, this is a myth. Healthy food is not just a tool to help you feel and look good; it’s also a preventive medicine as obesity is the root cause of many health issues.
Furthermore, the essential healthy ingredients you should build your meals around are not more expensive than junk food. Things like lean meat, eggs, dairy, and vegetables are more budget-friendly than fast food. You don’t need to go for organic-labeled products. Oftentimes, there is not a significant difference between organic and regular products, besides that the price of the organic ones is a lot higher.
Last but not least, Greg also suggests setting a budget for your food for the week. This way you will make sure to buy the important ingredients first and use what’s left from the budget for a little bit of your favorite not-so-healthy food as a reward. Your diet shouldn’t restrict anything. If you have enough protein, complex carbs, veggies, and healthy fats, you can have some of the treats you love too!
Do you want to listen to the whole episode with Greg and Kimberly? You can do it here!
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