Eat healthier is the theme of many magazines and books, especially when summertime comes. I don’t understand why we shouldn’t eat healthy the rest of the year. Be on a diet for few weeks or months to get that “beach-body” is a quick fix. But my purpose here is not the quick fix, which never lasts by the way! I’m no nutritionist, but I know few things about eating healthy from reading tones of books and experiencing through the years.
I’ve considered it to be one of the most important things I could teach my children. So, as I naturally have a sweet tooth, I wanted them to know how to choose healthy foods without restraining themselves entirely on the good tasty ones from time to time.
Here are the 3 first things you should include in your diet for your body to be ready to make the best of the food you eat. There is no big surprise; there is no significant step to take either. It’s all obvious, but if you don’t do it, well, you don’t do it. Ready?
1- Drink water
Yes, drink water only! Or at list drink water as a base, and then, from time to time you can have a treat with a coffee, a tea or something stronger. Avoid fizzy drinks and juices as much as possible! They are the worst regarding sugar intake and teeth deterioration. You save a lot of dentist appointments. Be aware that sparkling water is also very aggressive on the teeth!
Green tea and herbal tea can do the job, but remember that your body needs water, so if you add something to it, your body needs to filter it. Extra work for your cells means they can’t make the best of it. As I said earlier, drink your water, and then treat yourself with something else.
Drink a large cup of water as soon as you get out of bed, and if possible 45min before your breakfast. This habit is the best recipe to clean your body before the day starts. However, try not to drink after 8:00 PM. Or at least 2 hours before going to bed. If you tend to have water retention, this will help a lot. You’ll also sleep better!
If you want to have some fun while drinking your water, try to install an app on your phone. It will send you some reminders according to your goals. Each body has different needs regarding its water intake. A simple way to know if you drink enough: when you go to the washroom, it should be clear slightly yellow.
The app my daughter and I are using: Plant Nanny on iPhone / Plant Nanny on Android I love the idea of “watering your plant” while giving yourself some water. But there are many other choices, have fun!
2- Make your body fast for 12 hours every night
This gap may be difficult to maintain regarding some family schedule. However, remember that having dinner too close to your bedtime is not helping your digestion. Therefore, you tend to use less of the nutrients and stock fat instead.
Fasting is a thousand-year-old way of cleaning the body. Nevertheless, real fasting is hard, especially with our modern schedules. Short daily fast is a good alternative. It’ won’t be as efficient as a several-day-fast, but considering that you’ll do it daily, it’s a good way to train your body. It’s will “know” that there is this long enough time for it to digest, on a daily basis.
I know that for experts, 12 hours without eating hardly is a real fast. But you’ve got the idea. The objective is to give your body enough time to rest every day without having to work hard on the metabolism. We tend to eat a little bit at a time all day long. The digestion is becoming an ongoing process, but it shouldn’t. Waiting 12 hours before having breakfast is a simple habit you can add to your morning schedule.
The easiest way to implement that is to choose which of dinner or breakfast is your most important meal. First regarding the schedule then regarding your family preferences. Then adjust the other one. For us breakfast is at 7:00 AM, we are having dinner at 6:00 PM. If one of us can’t make it, she/he manages on her/his own. Or, for once, eat later at home but alone.
If we have breakfast later because it’s the weekend, all the better, we can have a late dinner! If we had a substantial meal the evening before, we merely skip family breakfast, have a glass of water and a hot drink, and take a snack for later. There are so many ways to adapt this simple habit!
3- Have your blood check and take nutrients accordingly
It’s essential to be sure that your body has the right amount of nutrients it needs to work correctly. A lack of vitamins can have a massive impact on your health and daily comfort. Depending on your country health system, ask your doctor for a blood check whenever possible.
However, these are simple tips:
- Omega 3 is good for so many things! Check 17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. If you don’t eat omega 3 rich food enough: 15 Omega-3 Foods Your Body Needs Now
- During the winter we add multivitamins, as fresh fruits are much more difficult to get in Canada
- vitamin D is a good idea if you can’t enjoy enough sun (winter for non-tropical countries)
- vitamin B-12 is an excellent addition to meat-free diets
Eating healthy is so much more than these three actions, but I believe in baby steps. And water, nutrients and fast are the base for your body to keep doing an excellent job for you. Don’t forget you have to treat him well because you have only one in a lifetime!
Once again, I’m no nutritionist, but these are pieces of advice that nutritionists have validated. However, if you have some health issues, I highly recommend you to check with your doctor. These indeed won’t be efficient enough to get you on the path to good health.