5. Plan, Prepare and Store Healthy Meals for the Week.
Heather Mangieri, RDN, CSSD, owner of Nutrition CheckUp in Pittsburgh, PA and Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics acknowledges the fact that “we are all busy. Work, school, extracurricular activities and house work are realities for many families, but they should never be at the expense of your health.”
Heather suggests to “take 3 to 4 hours on a day that you have some extra time to cook 4-5 healthy meals for the week. Store those meals in the refrigerator so that you and your family can just reheat, eat and go. Preparing meals in advance takes the stress away from healthy eating, even when practice runs late or the unexpected happens.”
6. Get Real with Your Food.
“Cook as much as you can” says Robyn Webb, MS, award-winning cookbook author, culinary instructor and Food Editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine. She recommends to get intimate with your kitchen and “learn knife skills, grow some of your own food if you can.
Good nutrition will sort itself out if you learn all about your food. Don’t diet, don’t cleanse, and don’t hop on any bandwagon of the moment. Just get real with your food and find your way into the kitchen and garden.”
7. Get to know Your Body.
“Meal plans and calorie trackers are great learning tools, but a healthy relationship with food is the best tool in your tool box” says Jim White, RD, ACSM EP, Owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios.
“You can start by using your body’s physiological responses to learn what is helping or hurting you (hunger, stress level, energy levels, digestion, etc.)
Assess your sleep, daily routines, and environment and how it affects your eating. Stop and ask yourself, ‘why am I eating this?'”
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