How To Stay Fit With Food
Your job may entail staying in front of your desk and computer all day. Unfortunately, it means that sitting down takes up more hours of your day, which isn’t good for your health.
Because of that, you might not have the liberty to spend a lot of time exercising. Especially if you have other responsibilities outside work.
Fortunately, you can still keep your body strong by eating healthy food. In addition, having a balanced diet can boost your immune system and metabolism.
Here are the ways to stay fit with food!
1. Know the Best Foods to Eat
Although there are so many processed and instant food options in the market today, you should always opt for whole foods.
These are the ones you still need to prepare or cook to enjoy. A minimally processed diet gives you plenty of nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber.
These are the food groups you should always have in your fridge or pantry:
- Vegetables – Leafy greens, legumes, beans, and root crops can help regulate your blood sugar, which lowers the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
- Fruits – Pineapples, bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, and berries are some of the most enjoyable fruits you can eat. Replacing processed desserts with fruits is also a great way to help your kids pick up the habit of healthy eating.
- Grains – Carbohydrates are still crucial for a balanced diet since they provide fuel for your body. As with other food, rice, oats, and noodles should be consumed moderately.
- Protein – Chicken, pork, beef, and fish are great animal protein sources. You can also get protein from plants, like chickpeas, nuts, lentils, and soy.
- Dairy – Dairy is also a vital part of a balanced diet. You can easily buy milk, yogurt, and cheese at your local supermarket. Plant-based dairy, such as soy, coconut, and rice milk, are ideal for people who are lactose intolerant.
If you need inspiration for recipes, you can enroll in a fitness program that provides meal plans, such as those offered by 28 By Sam Wood and similar companies. They will help you eat healthily and within budget.
2. Shop Wisely
Speaking of budget, you should make a conscious effort to opt for healthy food when shopping. It can be tempting to just go with the instant and processed choices. Especially when you think about the price and convenience they offer.
However, don’t sacrifice your well-being just to shave a few minutes from your preparation or cooking time or to save a few cents.
Always reach for whole foods and other healthy options.
Over time, you’ll see that you’ve saved on medical bills and other health-related expenses because of your food choices.
3. Look for Recipes Online
These days, you can easily find healthy recipes with a few clicks. You can start by looking for ways to cook one main food item, such as squash, and get ideas on how to make delicious dishes.
Leafy greens are relatively easy and versatile to prepare.
You can eat them as a salad or blanch them. They can also be stir-fried if you want something more flavorful.
4. Master the Art of Portion Control
When you’re hungry, your brain sends urgent messages to your digestive system to ask for food. That’s why you get hunger pangs.
Often, though, people tend to overeat if they’re starving.
Hence, they get a lot of food and, even when their brain tells them that their body is full, they want to finish everything on their plate to avoid wastage.
To prevent overindulging, you should master the art of portion control. It means serving yourself just enough to keep your body going.
It also entails getting more vegetables compared to proteins or carbs.
Control your portion sizes by using small dinnerware to trick your eyes into thinking that you’re getting a big serving. Additionally, maximize your plate as a portion guide.
Vegetables should take up half of your plate, while complex carbs and protein get a quarter area each.
5. Prepare Meals in Advance
It can be easy to neglect your nutrition during busy days when you need to rush out of the house in the mornings or you’re too tired to cook at night.
An effective solution is to prepare your meals in advance and in bulk.
Dedicate a day in your week to cooking large batches of healthy meals and portion them accordingly. Then, just pop them in the freezer and reheat them within the week.
This way, you save time and energy in your workday without compromising your food choices and health.
Give It a Go!
Staying fit with food is a conscious effort to eat a balanced diet. Whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy, can help boost your metabolism and immune system.
Start taking care of your body now and keep yourself healthy and strong.
Do you have any tips on how to stay fit with food?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.