10 Quick Nutrition Tips:
#1. Take a 5 minute walk before eating something you know you shouldn’t.
Next time you’re reaching for that cookie, chips, etc. give yourself an opportunity to do 2 things: Get your body up and moving, and give yourself time to think and ask yourself if this is really what you want and need right now.
#2. Brush your teeth straight after dinner.
After your final meal of the day, head right to the sink and brush those pearly whites! This will help signal to your body and to your mind that the time to eat has passed and will make late night snacking less likely!
#3. Stop eating at least 2 hours before bed time.
This will help you feel less bloated when going to bed. As well as cutting down on that heavy tummy feeling you sometimes get in the morning. You will awake feeling lighter and more energetic, ready to kick some ass.
#4. Drink water first thing in the morning.
Give your body time to wake up and feel refreshed in the morning. Don’t just reach for that coffee as soon as your feet hit the floor. Drinking water hydrates and refreshes you, especially after a 6-8 hour fasting period! Room temp is preferred!
#5. Ask your body questions.
When eating, ask yourself honestly how you feel. Take a moment to self assess and see if you’re truly eating because you’re hungry or if you’re simply doing it out of habit. Often times we find that we keep eating well past the point of be satiated. Make regular check ins with your body to see how it’s feeling.
#6. Make Trade Offs.
If it’s Sammy’s birthday at the office and Tammy made a great looking cake, by all means, have a piece! But just make a deal with yourself that it needs to be made up in another meal later, so that may mean ditching the bread on your sandwich or forgoing the french fries as a side!
#7. Lose the “whole day is ruined,” Mentality.
Often times we start the day off great, but by lunch we’ve already caved and had that donut or muffin or whatever! It’s easy to say to yourself, “Ehh might as well ball out today and enjoy it.” Try to just accept the slip up and get back on track for the rest of the day, this way you’ve only taken one step back instead of falling down a flight of stairs!
#8. Don’t let the slumps get you down.
We all have our own highs and lows, and sometimes motivation can be hard to find! Just try your best each day and attempt to make each day a little better than the last. If you fall off just remember, each day is a new one and a new opportunity to create a positive change in your life.
#9. Allow your choices to make you feel confident.
People generally feel more confident in themselves when they know they’re making the right decisions and strides towards their ideal life. And one could argue that they feel less confident and more prone to negative emotion when they know they’re making the wrong decisions. So ask yourself, “Is what I’m putting into my body going to make me feel strong and powerful?” If the answer is honestly no then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.
Pizza and french fries may be delicious in the moment but try to really take the time to think about how they make you feel after. Is it worth losing your confidence?
#10. Enjoy feeling good.
When you’re doing things right and eating in a way that makes you feel good, take the time to enjoy how you feel! And remember that feeling! Remember how good it feels to feel good! It sounds cliche and redundant but often times we are only conscious of when we’re feeling bad and we don’t appreciate those moments of feeling great and ready to take on the world!