Over the weekend I had the incredible experience of holding my first live workshop here in Boston. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it meant to me, and after hosting the event, I knew, without a ounce of doubt, that my life’s purpose is to bring women together in a sacred safe space to teach each other, how to feel stronger and more connected in our body.
The mission of the workshop was to help women get back to their body, to get back to taking care of themselves inside and out. During our nutrition talk, we wanted to package the confusing and always changing world of nutrition in 6 easy guidelines, and I figured, what the hey, I might as well share them with you too.
So, here it is. All you need to know about nutrition in 6 simple guidelines:
1. Lower adrenaline levels and the stress hormone cortisol.
Even if you are eating healthy organic food, having high adrenal and cortisol can affect the way your body metabolizes food, especially carbohydrates.
2. Sleep like baby.
When you are sleep deprived, your ghrelin levels (the hormones that tell you to eat) go up, and your leptin levels (the hormones that tell you to stop eating) go down. The combo of the two, which happens after a restless night of sleep, can lead you to eat a little more than you would normally, thus, potentially causing you to make less than stellar food choices.
3. Drink plenty of H20.
Our body is comprised of roughly 70% water, and plays a major role in digestion, elimination and immunity. Water helps our body function optimally on all levels, especially if you are working out on a consistent level. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
4. Do the Grandma check.
Basically, if you are questioning if something is worth eating, ask yourself this question: “Is this something my Grandma would recognize as a food product?” Meaning, would your Grandma recognize the frozen boxed microwave chimichungas on sale at Costco? Doubtfully. Just. Eat. Real. Food. Grass-fed meats, pasture raised eggs and chicken, fresh caught fish, and lots of organic fruits and veggies. Throw in some organic butter, coconut oil, and boom, that about covers 90% of your grocery list.
5. Always eat a protein, fat and a carb together.
By combining your food this way, you will help stabilize your blood sugar levels which will help keep you fuller longer, AND you’ll help build lean muscle while burning body fat.
6. Figure out what’s best for YOU!
At the end of the day, what works for me may or may not work for you. Being a detective in your own body is the best advice I could ever give someone, and that means doing a lot of experimenting. Try a bigger breakfast, or a smaller dinner. Maybe you try more carbs, or more fat. See how you feel, and see what works. Your body is always in flux, so keep trying new things.
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P.P.S. The next round of the 28-Day Lean Body Challenge starts on October 8th. If you want to feel stronger in your body, have more energy and learn how to eat healthy for the rest of your life, click here to enroll. FYI, there are only 20 spots available.