Keeping yourself up to date on the latest nutrition news is nearly impossible if you’re not a health professional – and you might find yourself stressing over what to prioritize as you try to maintain a balanced diet.
Wherever you are in your own health journey, these 13 nutrition tips from NAC Registered Dietitian, Lisa James, are great starting points for anyone looking to improve their nutrition and overall health.
- Protein doesn’t need to come from an animal or shake! Nuts, beans, lentils and tofu also great sources of protein.
- Reset your internal hunger cues! Eat at least every 4 hours a day and try to not eat more than every 2 hours.
- Want to improve your triglycerides and HDL levels? Cut back on processed carbohydrates and increase protein!
- Your body needs fat to support cell growth, protect your organs and keep your body warm! Chose healthy fats such as nuts, plant oils and fish.
- Consume at least 25 grams of fiber a day! Fiber is key to weight loss. Pears and artichokes are great options!
- Eating a protein-packed breakfast like eggs or greek yogurt will keep you full and help you eat fewer calories throughout the day.
- If you opt for meat, select lean cuts of beef and pork especially “loin” or “round” cuts.
- Eat fish often! It’s best broiled, roasted or grilled.
- Swap store-bought salad dressing for homemade dressing. Olive or flaxseed oil are excellent ingredients to add into the mix!
- Reduce your sodium intake by swapping your salt for herbs, spices, garlic, onions, lemons or limes!
- Over doing the post workout fuel? If you worked out for less than an hour, rehydrating with water might be enough!
- Are you a positive role model for your children? Make breakfast a habit – even if it’s on the go!
- What carbohydrate keeps hunger and blood sugar levels in check? Fiber, that’s right – it’s a carbohydrate! Whole grains, fruits and veggies.
Interested in learning more about nutrition and what foods fuel your body?
At the NAC, we know that to be successful in reaching your health goals, your nutrition plays an important role. For that reason, we have a Registered Dietitian on our staff to better serve you. Our Registered Dietitians provide you with complimentary nutrition classes, included in membership at the NAC, and seminars as well as fee-based personalized nutrition coaching to support your fitness in any stage of your life. Nutrition services may be covered by your insurance and are eligible for HSA coverage.
Our next HealthyCare session begins May 14. To learn more about our 13-week program & nutrition plan that has helped many participants “lose an average of 15 pounds,” contact firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below.