Ever wondered what rules a nutritionist lives by? We asked our in-house nutritionist Jess how she leads a happy, healthy life and she shared the 5 simple rules she follows everyday. Spoiler alert: They are actually pretty easy rules to live by!
Jess suggests opting for foods with wholesome ingredients. Pay attention to what is on the food label and steer clear of ingredients you can’t pronounce; if you don’t recognize the ingredient neither will your body.
Jess shops once a week for her main pantry items like grains, nuts, herbs or oils then makes quick trips for fresh produce as necessary. Doing the majority of your grocery shopping once a week is not only more efficient but it will also help you establish a healthy shopping and eating routine.
These are the items our nutritionist always keeps on hand:
Give the calorie counting mathematician inside of you a break! While being mindful and educated on foods with hidden calories or heavy processing, calories are not something to be afraid of! Not counting calories might be a scary idea for people who have gotten used to hitting calorie goals but this isn’t a healthy way to fuel your body. Calories don’t take into account the nutrients and quality of the food you are eating which is why people can be over-fed yet under-nourished if they are only focusing on calories. Eating healthy should be fun!
One thing that all nutritionists and health professionals agree on is the importance of enjoying an abundance of plant food in your life. There are MANY studies showing the health benefits of eating plant-based foods and more importantly the more you eat of them the better you feel! Try to incorporate more vegetables into your diet and see how AMAZING you feel! Smoothies, soups, stews, slow cook recipes are such a simple and tasty way to get them into your bodies.
Life can be stressful. If you are feeling stressed Jess highly recommends trying out a deep breathing ritual such as meditation or yoga. She recommends finding at least two times a day to practice deep breathing or to try focusing on your breath anytime you feel overwhelmed. Why is breathing so important? Long, slow deep breathing expands the muscles in your diaphragm which stimulates the relaxation response.
I know mornings can be a bit hectic, so I have clients that do it on the bus or in their car (and they don’t want their journey to end. Spend another 5 minutes before you have lunch; if you often eat lunch on the move or at your desk, you will digest your food much better (after a few minutes of deep breathing).