By Joanne Rosa
If you are a foodie like Aunt Wendy, you know that there is always a good reason to eat. Mmmmhm. Hunger is a real thing, but there is a reason why you’re always, hungry, besides the fact that food is amazing in every way possible.
Chances are you aren’t eating right.
Usually when people want to get on the right track with their eating habits, they ditch the junk, and replace it with fruits and vegetables. There is some wisdom to the idea of eating like that. Fruits and vegetables have serious health benefits; some even help you live longer! Here’s the thing: fruits and veggies don’t fill you up. Oh yes. “In most cases, you only end up with increased sugar intake, and the feeling of being unsatisfied,” according to Ladimax Lifestyle fitness experts Rene Syler and Nicole Sanders. This leaves us scrounging for food throughout the day. When this happens, we are more likely to indulge in the junk food that we love so much, but is oh so bad for us. The lesson here is fruits and veggies should not replace meals.
The goal is to fulfill your hunger until your next meal.
To do this, Ladimax suggest including lean protein, grains and beans into your diet. Rene explained, “In moderation, the whole wheat pasta, and multigrain or rye bread would help to satisfy your appetite and keep your hunger at bay for up to three hours.”
At three hours since your last meal, it’s time to eat again! Ideally, we want to feed our bodies every three to four hours. The best way to stay on track with your eating success is to eat within 45 minutes of waking up. “Your body has just been without food for several hours, and now it needs fuel to get going for the day. Waiting until late morning or afternoon to have your first meal is like waiting until you run out of gas to fill up your car.”
Now that we know what to eat and how often to eat, we have to face the fact that broccoli and grilled chicken can only taste good for so long!
Rene and Nicole say “the key is to prepare [meals] in ways that make [them] look different so that your mind feels like it is a brand new dish… It takes a little imagination… [but] there are a million ways to make a meal out of the same ingredients.” Use different seasonings and herbs, turn it into a stir-fry, or make a frittata or crab cake! Your meals should be approximately 350-400 calories, with five to six meals a day. It might seem like a lot, but it’s actually just the right amount of food.
Now that you’re a little wiser on how to stay full, we expect you to ditch those three o’clock junk food binges.
For more Ladimax Lifestyle tips visit ladimaxsportsfitness.com.