If you have made the decision to start getting healthy a big congratulations to you!
Now where to begin…
Getting your nutrition up to speed is going to be the best thing you can do in your health pursuits. Before exercising, before deciding what are the best shoes to match your eyes, getting control of your diet is paramount.
Think of your nutrition as the foundation of a house, without a strong foundation nothing built upon that will hold up or be sustained.
There’s a lot of information out there so how do you wade through it all? Like the lone hiker pictured above you might feel you are wondering into the unknown.
I’ve helped you out by reaching out to a bunch of people who I find very influential in fitness and nutrition to ask them what their top nutrition tip is for starting out in getting healthy.
I got 15 awesome tips from some of the top people in nutrition and there is a lot of gold here! (warning: blog does not contain actual gold..)
At the end I’ll throw in my two cents as well. O.k I’ll hand it over to everyone in no particular order..
Here’s Their Top Nutrition Tips!
2. “Sugar is your biggest enemy in your quest for getting healthy. Start minimizing sugar in your diet, and cut back on liquid calories, and you’ll set yourself on a path for success!”
Steve Kamb, @NerdFitness, nerdfitness.com
6. “Eliminate or drastically reduce sodas, flavored waters, juice and sports drinks. If pressed to identify one thing about the typical American diet that is doing more damage than any other one thing, I think I would have to single out our consumption of refined sugar.”
Monica Reinagel, @NutritionDiva, Quick and Dirty Tips
7. “Hydration is key when it comes to any nutrition plan. It is
best to ideally drink half your body weight in ounces each day. So if
if you weight 180 pounds that would be 90 ounces a day. Always eating
a fiber rich diet and never eating within 3 hours of going to bed.”
Joel Harper, @joelharperfit, Joel Harper Fitness
9. “Step one- think green, eat green, drink green and grow green. Step two- eat the colors of the rainbow, drink the colors of
the rainbow and grow the colors of the rainbow then go back and
repeat step one!”
Bo Wong, @boberika, My Organic Life
10. “Identify your weakness and find healthy substitutes that take the edge off. Soda? Try coffee with stevia and almond milk.
Chips? Try crunchy vegetables with sea salt.”
Ted Spiker, @ProfSpiker, TedSpiker.com
11. “I would say most important is to not skip meals especially breakfast even if it’s a protein shake. You must “break the fast” of over 8-12 hours without food. You don’t want your body in starvation mode.
2. Eat more vegetables than anything on your plate!
3. And Finally, eat your last meal at least 2-3 hours before bedtime and you will start to notice a shift in your weight and belly fat.”
Rebecca Kordecki, @rebeccakordecki, RebeccaKordecki.com
14. “Take on some serious self love and find the best quality food! We are what we eat, so don’t go for the fast, easy and cheap. Go for the BEST quality. You are worth it!”
Andrea Beaman, @andreabeaman, AndreaBeaman.com
15. “Find your community. Nothing is more challenging than changing you way of life alone and with no support system! Your community can be your friends, your spouse or your workout buddy, your kids, your gym trainers, your work colleagues or even a group of people you find online through blogs or social media. Going through this weight loss or overall health journey alone isn’t fun or ideal. Having just one person going through it with you can make all the difference when it seems impossible or out of reach.”
Alexandra Michelle, @AM_Writes, Alexandra Michelle Writes
Wrapping It All Up
I want to thank everyone for some awesome tips and advice and there is a lot of great wisdom here to help you get started in your health pursuits. I’m sure you noticed a few repeated statements and those are worth paying some extra attention to.
My top nutrition tip for you in starting to get healthy has to do with sugar. Sugar has been a plague on our society and is responsible for so many diseases and conditions. Eliminating or drastically cutting back on refined sugar is going to be one of the best things you can do for you weight and your overall health.
O.k over to you what nutrition tips do you find are key to getting started on the right foot? Feel free to comment below and if you are not already on the email newsletter make sure to sign up below. And if you know of anyone that might like these great tips please pass it on to them.
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