healthy eating 101

one of my all time favorite things to do is eat…which i’m sure many of us can all agree on. food is great and is so so so important to eat because it is literally what keeps our body going! with that said, it’s also super important to eat a balanced diet..which doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out your favorite unhealthy foods!

over the summer, i really worked on cleaning up my diet and making sure i was exercising enough to work off any unhealthy calories i may have consumed throughout the day. i am by no means an expert on healthy living, but here are four tips i have implemented into my life that have already made a huge difference in just 3 months!

1.stop dieting.

sounds weird, right? but dieting is literally one of the worst things you can do if you don’t stick to it 100% of the time (which let’s get real, there are very few people who are that disciplined). making sure you eat mostly healthy is a good start, but treating yourself every now and then is crucial to staying on the right path! another bad things about dieting is that all diets come to an end at some point or another, which is so not the point when you’re trying to change your lifestyle. on the other hand, healthy eating is something you can do everyday for the rest of your life, including that occasional scoop of ice cream.

2.eat more protein.

i became vegetarian this year, and everyone always nagged me about getting enough protein. honestly, i never really listened to anyone until this summer when my personal trainer told me eating protein was the key to gaining more muscle (and therefore losing more weight). i mostly eat black beans, almond butter, and protein milk to get my protein and that’s still not enough. if you’re not a vegetarian, lean meats such as turkey and chicken are great sources of protein and lower amounts of fat compared to red meats!

3.write down everything you eat.

this one sucks, i’m not going to lie – but it’s still SUPER important that you know what you are putting into your body! i have an app on my phone that does all the hard work for me, but if writing everything down in a notebook works better for you then go for it!

4.manage macros, not calories.

of course i’m not suggesting you eat 5,000 calories, but at the end of the day if you are eating a well balanced diet, the macros (proteins, fats, and carbs) are SO much more important than the number of calories! i try to eat 45% carbs, 20% fat, and 35% protein. some days are a lot better than others, but i make an effort every day, which is really all you can do! again, the app i have calculates all my macros for me and shows me what percentage of the food im eating goes where, so i strongly suggest getting myfitnesspal! you’ll thank me later.

i hope these tips make eating healthy seem more realistic! it’s possible for anyone to clean up what they’re eating…and you don’t necessarily have to cut everything out all at once! practice makes perfect of course, but you have to start somewhere. so don’t get discouraged, because there’s no such thing as “slipping up” if you aren’t on a diet to begin with!

*featured photo taken from Kayla Itsine’s instagram – love this girl, go check her out!*

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