Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be elaborate meals and fancy ingredients. It doesn’t have to be only vegetables and chicken. In fact, you’re better off if you change up your food frequently to ensure you do not end up with food intolerances from never changing up your diet. If you don’t know where to start with nutrition, begin by taking out foods that do not serve you.
If you find yourself eating a lot of processed foods; quick meals, boxed dinners and packaged snacks…start to eliminate those. If you are looking to lose weight, the best thing you can start doing is eliminating foods that are high in “empty” calories. It’s not that hard to find healthy meal ideas. Here are a few healthy pizza recipes. Meaning foods that are high carb/sugar/fat that are not necessarily a whole food. If you start here you will likely be able to eliminate a lot of inflammation, and start to feel less tired/sluggish/bloated.
Once you start eating more whole foods and eliminating processed foods, then you can start to focus on how much to eat. Most people trying to lose weight actually undereat protein, which is necessary for all cell function. It is also used for building muscle and helping with recovery. Eating a diet low in protein can lead to decreased muscle mass, which leads to a lower basal metabolic rate (BMR). BMR is the rate at which your body burns calories at rest, and that is increased by having more muscle. You want to also make sure you are eating enough healthy fats to have optimal hormone levels, but fat calories add up fast. Adding in vegetables and carbohydrates will give you a well-rounded meal plan that will allow you to be successful in your weight loss. First comes what you eat, then comes how much to eat. It is a recipe, as soon as you get the perfect amount of each ingredient, the meal comes together. Or in this case, your weight loss will start to shift and you will see the results you are looking for. And once you get the hang of what to eat and how much to eat, you can start experimenting with your meals! Making healthier versions of your favorite foods like pizza and pasta; creating with ingredients that are wholesome and will leave you feeling full and energized! Just make sure you are always pairing your macronutrients together for every meal; protein, fat, and carbohydrate!