Healthy eating tips to change how you eat

As you probably know, not fueling up with the right nutrients can affect how well your body performs, and your overall health and wellness.  Even though healthy eating is important, there are some common myths, that may hinder your performance, if you listen to them.

In this blog we will investigate how you can improve how you eat. 

Some common healthy eating myths - busted! 

1.  Working out on an empty stomach.

If you hear a rumbling noise in your stomach, the rumbling is trying to tell you something! Without listening to them, you are forcing your body to run without any fuel.  Before you exercise or do any physical activity, always eat a light snack such as an apple.

2.  Relying on energy bars and drinks

Although they are fine every once in a while, they don't deliver the antioxidants you need to fuel a healthy body.  Fruits and vegetables are a better alternative, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fluid, and fiber.

3.  Skipping breakfast

Skipping breakfast on a regular basis, is never a good idea.  Your body needs fuel as soon as possible, especially if you are working out first thing in the morning. You will  need to eat afterwards, as it will help with muscle recovery. And without breakfast,  you'll be hungry throughout the day!

However, if you are doing intermittent fasting such as the 5:2, then I'd suggest skipping a heavy morning workout on your fasting days, and aiming to eat around 11am for the first time that day. Then on your non fasting days, workout first thing in the morning, and eat your breakfast after your workout. 

4.  Low carb diets

Your body needs carbohydrates for your muscles and the storing of energy.  Aim to include complex carbs such as sweet potato, brown rice and quinoa into your lunch/dinner. This will help reduce brain fog and the afternoon energy slump that you may feel on a low carb diet. 

5.  Eating what you want

Another common myth is that eating healthy and exercising means that you can eat whatever you want. Don't undo all your hard work at the gym by eating poorly afterwards. 

Everyone needs the same nutrients whether they exercise or not,  so include lot's of fruit, vegetables, nuts, healthy fats and organic produce in your daily diet. 

6.  Not enough calories

This is a really common one I see with new Mums, in a hurry to lose the baby weight. Although losing weight involves calories, losing it too quickly is never safe.  A better approach, is aim to drop 500g - 1kg per week.  Always make sure  that you are getting enough calories to keep your body operating smoothly.  If you start dropping weight too fast, eat a bit more food.

7.  Skip fizzy drinks and alcohol

Water is the best drink for active people.  Aim to drink often, and don't rely on thirst to be an indicator.  By the time you get thirsty, your body is already running a bit too low. This is so important in a warm climate like Australia. 

Enhance your body performance

Changing how you eat is such a great step towards healthy eating and it will enhance how your body performs. The healthier you eat, you better you'll feel.  

No matter how old you may be, healthy eating is something you can strive for.  Once you give it a chance, you'll see in no time at all just how much it can change your life - for the better!

If you need some help improving your nutrition contact Vanessa at PTV. We'd love to help you get on track to improving how you eat. 

 

Author:  Vanessa Geraghty McGann - Owner & Master Trainer - PTV Personal Training & Wellness Coaching. pt_v@live.com.au.