You've heard it over and over again, drink more water! Why is water so important??
Here are my 3 top reasons:
1. Weight loss
-often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with
-is a great appetite suppressant bc hunger may actually be the first sign that you need more water, not food
-has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar
-water enhances the body's ability to metabolize fat
2. Prevent Dehydration
If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated which leads to:
3. Healthy for You
Drinking adequate amounts of water reduces risk of some cancers and diseases, such as bladder & colon cancer and heart disease.
You should aim for 1/2 your body weight in oz of water. Try this To get started:
-wake up: 16 oz
-breakfast/lunch/dinner: 8 oz before and after
-snacks: 8 oz before or after
-before bed: 16 oz
-add more as needed to reach daily goal
What reason inspires you to drink more water for your health & fitness goals?
The goal when you are grocery shopping is to shop the perimeter...meaning, you are shopping more fresh foods and choosing less processed foods.
For the few things you may need to shop the aisles for (including freezer & refrigerated), take time to read food labels! Know what you are putting into your body...here are a few tips:
1. Avoid food items with
-hydrogenated anything (even partially)
-high fructose corn syrup
-brown rice syrup
-honey, molasses, sucrose, fructose, and fruit juice concentrate as one of the first four ingredients
-anything that you cannot pronounce or know what it is
2. Limit food items with
-sugar alcohols (maltitol, glycerol, anything ending in -ol)
-more than 4g of sugar per serving
-"enriched" flour because this means it's been stripped of nutrients, then processed to add them back in
3. When choosing whole grains, make sure
-the word "whole " is the first word in the ingredients
-there are at least 3-4g of fiber per serving
-fiber grams are greater than sugar grams
4. When choosing yogurt,
-choose plain over flavored and add fruit, fruit preserves or 1 tsp honey to sweeten.
-choose brands with max of 9g of sugar per serving
-plain Greek is best for you
-avoid those with use of artificial sweeteners (aspartame, Splenda,
Take time to Your read the labels of the food items you have on hand.
Note any items that you find that are not healthy for you.
Then take take time to find foods that are healthier alternatives of the foods you shouldn't be eating.