How do you know if your diet is healthy?

First, you can take a look at your plate! It should consist of 2 fist fulls of vegatables, a palm full of protein and a fingers worth of nuts and seeds. Stay away from most boxed, canned or jarred foods. Be mindful of what crosses your lips!

Next is to figure out how many calories you need each day. Take your ‘dream’ weight (what you wish to weigh), multiple it by 10. This number is the approximate amount of calories you should consume daily.

If you feel you are overweight; rather than trying a well known diet that might not be effective for long term, try making small changes in what you eat and get more exercise.

If you usually skip breakfast, don’t. Make it your goal to eat something every morning. Skipping breakfast can actually slow your metabolism down.

If you do realize you need to lose some weight, here are some easy ways to cut at least a hundred or more calories each day. This will help you get back on track toward your fitness goal.

  • Eat smaller meals 5 or 6 times throughout the day, in addition to speeding up your metabolism, you will keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Keep track of what you’re eating to avoid mindless munching that can pack on the calories.
  • Be aware of emotional eating or nibbling out of boredom. Find out what triggers this type of eating and keep yourself busy during those urges to munch.
  • Stay hydrated. That feeling you think is hunger, may be your body telling you it’s thirsty.
  • Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Fiber helps you feel full and your body will thank you for the vitamins and minerals.