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5 Tips for Healthy Eating!

 

A healthy diet can help prevent illness, improve your performance in daily activities (including your workouts) and maintain good health. Read these few tips to help you stay on the right track when it comes to your nutrition.

1. Eat nutrient-rich foods : although a calorie will always remain a calorie, if you had to choose between eating 100 calories of lettuce or 100 calories of fried potatoes, the two are quite different. So, you should be mindful of your choices : fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish are all wise choices depending, of course, on how they are prepared and the sauces you add.

2. Portion control : in order to lose weight, you must increase your energy output while decreasing your energy input. Beware of restaurant portions : as a rule, they are too big!

3. Go easy on the alcohol : you should opt for red wine and limit your consumption to one or two glasses per day. You should know that Health Canada and the Ministry of Health and Social Services suggest that a standard portion of wine is 5oz (150ml), whereas the Quebec Diabetes Association and other sources limit it to 4oz. (125ml).

4. Variety in your diet is key in avoiding nitritional deficiency. An active body needs no less than 44 nutrients every day to be considered healthy! Get into the habit of trying new flavours and avoid monotony in your diet.

5. Water, a source of life! If you are active, your body needs it more than ever. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, over and above the water consumed during and immediately following your workouts.

You will have to make wise food choices every day…often more than just three times a day. Opt for nutrient-rich foods as oppsed to less nutritional ones and you will soon discover that eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing taste or pleasure. Enjoy!

By Karine Larose

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Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.


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