The more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems we should eat the way people did a hundred years ago. Recently research has been pointing us in the direction of eating mostly “whole foods” which are foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.
The truth is in most cases we do not need strict complicated diet plans to accompany our active healthy lifestyle. Trying to follow a strict diet plan may even cause more stress. So if you find that trying to follow diets plans difficult or stressful, try a simpler alternative when choosing your diet. Think natural, fresh and wholesome when making your food choices.
This could mean eating:
- Whole grains instead of refined grains whenever possible.
- Fruits, vegetables, and beans instead of supplements to provide the fiber and vitamins they contain.
- A skinless chicken breast cooked with healthful ingredients instead of chicken nuggets processed with added fats, flavorings, and preservatives.
- A baked potato with chopped green onions and light sour cream instead of a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips.
- Fresh berries with breakfast instead of raspberry toaster pastries or breakfast bars.
- A blueberry smoothie made with blueberries, yogurt, and a frozen banana instead of a blue coloured slushy.
I hope these examples put into perspective how easy it can be to incorporate whole foods into our diet. Your bodies will thank you!
-Carah (YWCA FitStaff, Bootcamp Instructor)