It’s safe to say that between 2010-2020, it has been a decade of discovery in the health and fitness world! There are more people promoting health, exercise, and active lifestyles than ever before. Granted, they have outlets like Instagram and Twitter that make it easy to publicize, but we can’t deny that there has been a wave of self-care coming through the last decade.
With that being said, we want to help promote self-care with a list of do’s and don’ts for your grocery list this year. It’s time to ditch the foods that have never done anything good for you and replace them with those that do.
Breakfast: Quick and popular breakfast meals range from cereals to protein bars or shakes, as well as frozen heatable items like waffles or breakfast sandwiches. When choosing your selection here, avoid sugars like they’re the plague. Elevated blood sugar causes a very quick turn around in hunger, you’ll find yourself starving by 10:00 am. Instead, opt for energy-charging high-protein and fatty foods such as eggs, avocados, almonds, and bananas.
Lunch: For your mid-day meal, you don’t want to overindulge in foods that are going to make you miserably full and sleepy. Avoid fried foods and heavy plates. A packed salad is going to keep you full longer and make you feel good after you eat it. Grab some spinach spring mix, chop up a few fruits & veggies, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and cheese, complete with an olive oil-based dressing and you will be feeling fantastic through the afternoon.
Dinner: Dinner is a perfect opportunity to get creative and indulge in the savory flavors that many recipes have to offer! Be thoughtful of how you could really benefit from this meal. Stay away from anything with an ingredient label that has words you can’t pronounce. Gear towards real food, whole food, nutritious food. Don’t buy a pre-made bag of frozen x y or z when you could pick and choose your own ingredients, minus the trans fat and high fructose corn syrup. Instapot and crockpot recipes are an awesome way to create a delicious meal in one.
In general, be mindful of what you’re putting in your body and pay attention to how your body is responding throughout the day. Are you starving between meals? Are you falling asleep at your desk? Make the choice to nourish your body wherever you can.