Healthy Eating FAQ
Generally speaking, you will lose weight when you eat fewer calories than you burn. Low carbohydrate diets are popular, but they are not sustainable in the long term and you can regain the lost weight when you return to your usual eating pattern.
As carbohydrates are a macronutrient, your body requires them in large amounts EVERYDAY to be healthy and to function properly. You cannot maintain a busy healthy lifestyle without eating carbohydrates forever. It’s important to remember that our bodies NEED fuel and carbohydrates provide us with this. The better you eat, the better you FEEL!
It’s true…breakfast really is an important meal. You should “break the fast” after a night’s sleep by eating a morning meal/snack within the first 30 to 60 minutes after waking. Skipping meals encourages your body to release a hormone that may result in loss of muscle instead of fat, as well as promote fat storage. Skipping meals (and recommended snacks) can also lead to over eating at your next meal. Your first meal of the day should be balanced with all three macronutrients – carbs, protein, and healthy fats.
Example recipe: Protein pancakes
- 2/3 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter.
Blend egg whites, rolled oats and baking soda and fry over 1 tsp coconut oil in a frying pan until cooked through and flip cook another 2 minutes and serve topped with almond butter and top with fresh berries.
Eat every 2.5- 3 hours
Why: this keeps your blood sugar balanced and your energy levels more consistent.
Do what works for you; this may mean 3 smaller meals and two to three snacks, or you may find eating 3 meals and one or no snacks is what works best for you – as long as you are consuming the recommended combinations/servings of food and adequate calories to fuel physical activities and healthy body functioning.
Tip: stick to a regular eating schedule; if you wait until you’re hungry to eat, you may be tempted to eat more than you should – and listen to your body as well. As some people will need an afternoon snack – to fend of boredom or fuel a pre-dinner workout.
Schedule your meals and eat according to your preferences. Just remember don’t skip breakfast and don’t eat too much to late otherwise your body may not have the opportunity to digest well or utilize those calories.
Based on my personal experience, I recommend spacing meals approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours apart. I have found that it suits the lifestyles of many people. I have also found that it can help them to stay satisfied throughout the day. However, everybody’s lifestyle and commitments are different and consuming five smaller meals may not work for everyone. Any lifestyle change, should be both realistic and maintainable, otherwise it is unlikely that you will be able to maintain it long-term. It’s important to make the meal plan work for you.
Everyone’s food and taste preferences are diverse. The beauty of my meal plan is that it is flexible and can easily be altered to suit these preferences.
When it comes to altering the meal plan, it is important that you substitute certain foods for other foods, but avoid over or under consuming certain macronutrient foods groups.
please see the provided and easy to use food swaps lists ideas and swap proteins with other proteins, and healthy fats for alternate healthy fats, avoid swapping different macronutrient groups.
A Taste of Healthy Eating has some great recipes to get you started on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.