This year was admittedly difficult for most of us and summer was an opportunity for relaxation, meetings with friends and of course good food! Some of us may have “overdone” it by getting out of our daily eating habits!
Everything is in the program though, and September is the most auspicious month to redefine our diet and get back into our program.
There are very easy ways and tips to make this effort a good opportunity to reorganize our daily lives and get back to our eating habits. Here are 5 tips to help you do just that:
- Organize the meals of the week
Preparation is the biggest secret of a balanced diet. Make a list of the groceries you will need all week for your cooking, calculate your snacks, have your fridge full of healthy options and you will not find a reason to order at the first opportunity!
- Prepare tapers for work or school
Eating your meal on time and not in the afternoon, will help you cope with the hours when you really need more energy and will greatly reduce the chance of overeating when you return home late in the afternoon or lead to the easy solution of junk food. You can even easily prepare mini lunch such as tortillas with Goat Cheese for toast, avocado and vegetables.
- Do not skip breakfast
Breakfast is a very important meal – it can either make or break your day. Have you noticed that on the days when you skip breakfast you do not feel full easily, as a result you overeat at the end of the day? Studies have shown that skipping breakfast is associated with weight gain and can lead to long-term dysfunction of blood glucose homeostasis.
- Make snacks in between
I know you’re tired of hearing it from all the dietitians but you do not hear it by chance. Intermediate snacks serve:
- to meet our needs for vitamins and fiber and
- to maintain stable blood glucose levels and thus avoid overeating after hours of eating.
- Always have a bottle of water with you
Water is a key element of our diet, a health aid and an ally in maintaining a healthy body weight. Do not wait to be thirsty to drink water because when you feel thirsty it means that you are already dehydrated. Some of the most common symptoms of dehydration are headache, dry skin, cramps, tachycardia and constipation!