There are many benefits to speak of when one is considering eating properly. But first, what is eating properly? Well, the Reader’s Digest version goes as follows.
Cardinal rule #1. Do not wait until you are hungry to eat. You should be eating about 5 to 6 times per day. This will keep your body in a "fed" state, one that is conducive for energy, proper metabolism and burning fat. If you allow yourself to get hungry, it is too late; your body has now switched gears from the fed state to the starvation state. This state is seen as stressful to our physiology and it will turn your calories into fat because it does not trust that its master is going to feed it soon, so it stores the energy as fat.
I am not talking about 6 servings of turkey, potatoes and gravy per day. A protein shake or a handful of almonds count as a meal, as does a cucumber and a piece of chicken. Fast food does not qualify any more than a Pop Tart or a Twinkie.
You should have a form of protein with each meal and it should also include a veggie as well. As a rule of thumb, anything that comes out of a box is a “no”. These foods are overly processed and usually carbohydrate (sugar) laden.
Your morning meal is the most important meal of the day. Mom was right. When we wake, our supply of blood sugar is low. You should have a larger meal in the AM before starting your day. Eat a good meal in the morning and you will feel well all day. It is ironic though, that this is usually the busiest time of the day and meals are often hard to put together.
This is where preparation comes into play.
Just as you would prepare for a trip or an event, you should prepare your environment for success. A Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and it is so with respect to our eating.
Are you ready for more rules? Rule #1. Make sure you have proper food in your home, at your work and in your car. These places are where we spend a great majority of our time. At home and at work, I have various meats, protein shakes, fruit and veggies. I carry protein bars in my car.
Rule #2. If you do not plan for it you will fail. Period. By the time you are at work and busy with our day, you will not be able to run out and get the proper food you require. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it really is not. Shop for your meals on Sunday and Wednesday and you will be covered for the week. If the good food is there, you will eat it. If the nutrient-poor, carbohydrate-laden quickie food is there…you will eat it.
Plan for success. Do it for just one week and you will notice the difference. You will not be exhausted by 3 PM and your energy will be there to do the things you really want to do. After all, you do not try to run your car on vinegar; you give it the fuel it needs. Do the same with your body.