Many people are in the place and time of becoming healthier with their New Year’s resolution of becoming more healthy and fit. Many of you have purchased health club memberships or have purchased fitness equipment for your home along with work out DVDs. The first and foremost thing in becoming healthy and fit is through your nutrition. Yes, that means getting rid of the potato chips, the heavy pastas and pizza, the steak and baked potato with heavy sour cream and cheese, as well as no longer buying fast food items because your excuse is that you do not have a lot of time to create healthy meals and you do not know how to prepare them.
Nutrition is everything on your journey to a healthier life, and you should be considering nutrition as one of your first steps in becoming healthier. Who would think that a fit person could eat fast food or pizza every day, along with high fatty meat with sauces and breads? This is where the buck stops and now it is time to buck up and find the right healthy resources to make your weight loss venture in becoming healthy worth it.
The first step is to go through your pantry and eliminate unnecessary foods such as white flour products like white breads, white pasta and rice, and potato chips. It is okay to have some whole grain pasta, bread or rice on hand but that should be limited as well. The reason for doing this is that you can receive plenty of carbohydrates through your daily intake of produce such as fruits and vegetables, which are loaded with nutrients such as antioxidants that will help to prevent diseases such as cancer.
Once you understand that you must eliminate many products from your home that are high in saturated fats and carbohydrates and throw them out, you must complete a grocery list every week, or every other week, depending on how you buy your groceries.
Always start with the produce section and buy plenty of green vegetables such as spinach or lettuce packs, tomatoes of all kinds, zucchini, cucumber, onion, mixed bell peppers, onions, apples, oranges, grapes, and especially strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries, and if the prices are higher, go to the frozen section where the nutrition will still be good, but never buy canned fruits and veggies due to the liquid that is put into them.
Last but not least, stay away from the middle aisles, such as pizzas and ice cream. Always buy low fat items such as cottage cheese, yogurt and cheese. The next important part is your protein, which should be lean, and you should search the outer areas of the meat department for sales and look for lean ground turkey or chicken along with fish or seafood that you can take in many times per week, and limit beef or pork to a combination of once to twice a month.
Once you have all these great products and have eliminated the bad things that can hinder your health, the next step is easy which is making your simple 4-6 little meals a day. Many people state that this is to hard, but it is not and actually quite simple. It only takes a couple of days a week with dedication for properly preparing foods for yourself and family. To give an example: Joe comes home from work with his wife and two kids. He takes two nights a week, where he chops his veggies, along with taking his protein such as ground turkey, chicken breast and tilapia that he is grilling. He makes himself some salad mixes from his salad mix and chopped veggies and adds some protein to it, along with making dinners with fish or chicken breast and asparagus or broccoli that can be seasoned in so many different ways.
The simple concept is to take at least one to three days per week and pre-pack your meals and have them ready in the refrigerator. You should be eating at least three meals a day consisting of approximately of 250-300 calories per meal along with various snacks such as fruits, veggies, and protein supplements such as bars or shakes. You should be loading up on high antioxidants such as fruits and veggies that will help prevent cancer and many other health disorders.