Spring Fever!

SPRING FEVER!
Nutrition tips to get you pumped about spring, and geared up for the warm weather ahead
It’s safe to say majority of you are itching to break out the capris, t shirts, and windbreakers. Spring is just around the corner, and shortly following that is summer 2015! This warm weather is going to sneak up fast. So let me ask you, are you ready to sport your favorite bathing suit in a few short months? Some of you may cringe at that thought. Right now is the best time to evaluate your diet and make some changes that are positive, and will hopefully stick with you for a lifetime. To help you out, I am going to list my favorite and most relevant nutrition tips that are easy, and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

1. Eat Breakfast
It is as simple as it sounds! Eating breakfast gives your body, and metabolism a jump start. Studies show that individuals that ate breakfast consumed fewer calories throughout the day. Therefore, your diet is easier balanced and your tummy is happy.

2. Know your Portions, Use a Measuring Cup
The problem with a lot of people that want to lose weight or tone their body isn’t what they are eating, it has to do with how much food they are consuming. Instead of using the “eyeball technique,” try using measuring cups for the perfect portion sizes.

3. Substitute Sugar with Fruit Puree
This is an amazing technique to use when baking. “The rule of thumb when baking is, replace 1/3 to ½ of the amount of sugar in the recipe with pureed fruit.” A popular replacement that is often used is apple sauce. Sounds yummy!

4. Hydrate and Snack
It is important to hydrate throughout the day. You are advised to consume an average amount of water during the day, but keep in mind that this amount varies on how often you exercise and your body type. For men, according to Mayo Health, 13 cups a day would be sufficient. For women, 9 cups of water a day is the right amount. As far as snacking goes, it is important to “snack smart” throughout the day. This means taking a handful of a healthy snack a few times during your day will help you not to over-eat later in the day, and maintain your balanced diet.

5. Avoid your “Trigger Foods”
Those darn potato chips! It is difficult to avoid trigger foods or those foods that you know are not good for you, but you just can’t help yourself. You can start by not buying those tempting treats, and keeping them off of your grocery list. This way, you won’t have to use large amounts of self-control to ward them off in your pantry at home. Another way to avoid these foods is to disguise them. Keeping them in the back of your fridge or pantry, out of sight and out of mind, will trick your eyes into seeing the healthier choices up front.

6. You Don’t Have to Say Au Revoir to Junk Food
It is proven that depriving yourself of all junk food tends to back-fire. Eating something you would refer to as “junk food” 1-3 times a week, all in moderation, is actually not going to hurt you. You just have to keep your healthy diet habits in mind for the rest of the week. You don’t have to break up with your cupcakes just yet!

Sources:

Seventeen Magazine, “Nutrition Tips From The Biggest Loser Expert!” Health

Lita Shy, “The Only Nutrition Tips You Need.” Fitness. www.popsugar.com

Mayo Clinic Staff, “ Water: How much should you drink every day?” Healthy Lifestyle

This article was written by Valley Dental

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