|Poached Egg on WW English Muffin with Cheese and Argrula|
When you eat a protein rich breakfast you are literally fuelling your engine for the rest of the day. Not only does it spike your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day, but also because you are less likely to go for high fat foods. A cup of coffee doesn’t count. Make sure your breakfast includes both protein and carbs. You deplete your carbs in your sleep, so it’s important because carbs help release serotonin in the brain which are those feel good neurotransmitters that contribute to feelings of happiness.
Never let your stomach do the decision making, always have something as a back up like a Luna bar, or almonds, so you are never forced to eat take-out. When you eat take out you can never be sure how it is prepared, and usually that means high fat mayo, cheese, or deep fried meats.
|Two If By Sea – Darmouth|
Your liver uses water to break down and get rid of toxins, and when there isn’t enough water in your liver it will take it from other places in your body like your brain, so you want to make sure you are properly hydrated otherwise you’ll give yourself a giant headache. You should try to keep hydrated throughout the day because if you feel thirsty Drinking water also gives you energy. When enjoying treats like cappuccinos make sure to have a glass of water as well.
|Salsa and Cottage Cheese on Wheat Germ Crackers|
Skipping meals puts your body into panic mode, and when you do end up eating your body will want ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that is high fat. Evolutionary wise when we would go through times of famine our bodies try to take in as much fat as possible to ensure survival. Centuries later are bodies are still biologically trained for survival, and so it is very easy to send your body into starvation mode. Try eating something at least every three hours. Eating throughout the day keeps your blood sugar levels staple, and your diet in check. Avoid sugar, and salt and increase fibre, and protein! Sound simple right? Because it is!
|Roast Chicken with Rosemary carrots, grilled asparagus and rice|
North American portions are SERIOUSLY out of control because we can’t slow down long enough to actually enjoy our food our brains can’t catch up. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you are full. Try slowing down, and enjoying your food; take time to look at the presentation of your meal, and the way it feels in your mouth. A good guideline for meat is about the size of a deck of cards, and cheese the size of your thumb. Fruits and veggies the size of your fist. Nuts and seeds the inner cup of your palm.
|Spinach Salad with hard boiled egg|
|Espresso Brownie with buttercream icing|