Exercise to your heart’s delight. That’s great. Just as long as you’re doing that, doesn’t matter how hard or fast, or how soft the intensity of your exercise regime, you’re going to be alright. When you’re starting out, you’re not going to be doing high intensity exercise. After about three or four months, provided that you’ve begun to lose weight and your cardiovascular levels have increased exponentially, you can do high intensity exercises which will boost your fitness levels still higher. But wait a moment, something is missing here. How are you expected to get healthy and fit on just exercise alone? You must still eat, right.

And what will you be eating this time around? That’s the focus on the rest of this blog post. There is much literature available on the internet suggesting ways and means for you to address your current eating habits and transforming them to healthy, balanced meal plans. My post sentimentalizes all of the information in this post, addressing the yin and yang, the balance, the checks and balances, and the primary ingredients that you’ll be using in your new plan. I have my own personal preferences, but you needn’t take my word as gospel, and you can fashion a customary plan that suits your lifestyle habits and culinary tastes, just so long as they remain healthy, and dare I say, will contribute towards you becoming a well-rounded, fit and happy individual.

•    What you need to give up – First and foremost, if you have a sweet tooth, and some rotting teeth to go along with it, you need to give up white sugar. The sugar is refined and taken in excess without much physical activity to show for it, can contribute towards diabetes. You’ll find this in sweets and confectionaries, but just remember that sugar is in most processed and packaged foods, particularly breakfast cereals. Read those labels carefully and replace those sugar-laden foods with organic alternatives which contain healthy sugars derived mostly from fruit. You also need to give up salt; high sodium content prevails in most processed and packaged foods.
•    Super vitamin groups and antioxidants – This is really one of the easiest exercises to undertake when taking yourself off to the grocery store. Simply put, add fruit to your grocery list. Plenty of it, in fact. These fruits successfully replace the white processed sugar from your diet because of its own natural sugar content which, as it turns out, is necessary to boost and sustain your energy levels, particularly since you’re now going to be physically active. Variety is the spice of life, and all of that, so think just how much fun you can have tossing a natural fruit salad served with fat-free organic (plain yogurt, zero sugar and fat) to replace your sweet-tooth cravings for ice creams and puddings. Most fruits, in fact all of them, even the majestic avocado, contain numerous essential vitamins and are, each in their varying degrees, rich in essential antioxidants.
•    Essential fatty acids and the building blocks – These essential fatty acids, and essential fats are actually quite good for you, so no need to be concerned about this one. In fact, look forward to it because, if you’ve never derived benefits from these previously, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by way of experiencing new taste sensations. Instead of using cooking oil for your pan-fried dishes, roasts and stews, you’ll be using extra virgin olive oil. It also enhances the life of any vegetable based salad as a generous dressing. Olive oil also has healing properties for the skin. Fish oil is healthy and good for you. Your body craves fish because fish contains essential omega 3 fatty acids, something which your body cannot produce on its own. Fish also has a high enough protein content which will be essential for you to build strength and aid muscle and tissue development while exercising.
•    High in protein – Also high in protein content is most red meat and poultry. While it comes recommended as an inclusion to the diets of those who are physically active, you need to be careful how you take advantage of these food groups. Make sure that there’s no blood or fat in the red meat you buy. Free range fat free poultry, which does not necessarily mean that it’s only going to be chicken, is a little easier to add to the shopping basket. And while you’ve got what you want in your basket, you still need to be careful how you prepare and cook the meat to ensure that it remains free of fat and sodium. In other words, use olive oil and add no salt whatsoever.
•    And what about carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are eliminated from the diets of those who need to drastically lose weight. But what about you? What if your weight is healthy or considered to be normal. What if your body ratio weight has minimal fat content? What if you need to boost your energy levels for high intensity exercise? Well, for you there is good news. There are plenty healthy carbohydrates for you to enjoy. All you need to do is add a little vigilance to your shopping expedition. For instance, after all these years, I am still mad about my pasta. But these days, it’s healthy too. Unfortunately, it is slightly more expensive than the conventional, processed varieties of pasta. But if you want to stay healthy, it’s well worth the extra expense. Also, you will not be consuming large bowls of it in any event. Try and source gluten-free, whole wheat and organic options.

Pasta is a great and flavorful addition to a colorful healthy salad. But do lay off the salad dressing and mayonnaise. If you have to, you can make your own healthy salad dressings. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed writing this post for you. Not only that, it’s made me quite hungry too. So perhaps I’ll be on my way to see what I can fix for my dinner tonight.

Written by jess