New Dietary Regimen: Getting Ready for 2018
You have to be ruthless and disciplined when it comes to dietary intake, ESPECIALLY as one gets older.
The vitamins, minerals, macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients are essential in their proper quantities for maximum,
And that is WHY I use Cron-o-meter every single day, because if you faithfully input what you eat everyday, you can successfully track just what you are getting everyday.
I can’t over-emphasize Cron-o-meter enough. I highly recommend any kind of dietary tracker, because then you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
Tracking your caloric intake alone is enough to warrant Cron-o-meter’s use, but seeing exactly what vitamins and minerals you are getting is even more important for optimal health.
I posted my dietary tips that have helped me in 2017. You can check out my post here.
My Dietary Tips for 2018
And here is where I try and fine tune my dietary tips, and hopefully create a nice dietary manifesto to help guide you to a healthier and leaner person in 2018.
- Use a nutritional tracking app. Seriously, this to me is the most important thing. If you see, for example, that you are getting too much fat, or salt, or sugar, then you can make the adjustments. Of course, you can track the calories that go into your body (if you are honest and dedicated about losing weight and getting healthy).
- Take a Multivitamin. Most of our foods are lacking in the proper nutrients that were probably more abundant 100 years ago. The challenge is to keep our soils fertile, and we need to eat as much fresh, organic, whole foods as we can to get the proper nutrients from the soil. I personally take a good Vegan multivitamin. Because I notice on Cron-o-meter that it’s still hard to get certain nutrients such as Calcium and Potassium. A multivitamin is essential.
- Steamed Rice is NOT bad for you! As an Asian-American, I know that Rice is a main staple of Asian countries. A serving of Basmati Rice is less than 200 calories, and Brown Rice has more fiber. Being gluten sensitive, I have found refuge in Rice, and I eat different types of rice. And there are some nice Wild Rices to choose from.
- Eat 5 smaller meals a day. This is something I try to do religiously. Eat 5 meals a day at less than 500 calories per meal. Why? Because then you won’t bombard your Pancreas with too much food. And, over-feeding yourself at one meal won’t slow you down throughout the day. In other words, I have noticed with my own diet, that eating less than 500 calories per meal actually increases my energy levels throughout the day, as long as I stay with the 500 calories, 5 times a day. And of course, tracking your calorie intake on Cron-o-meter will help you succeed in this scenario.
- Don’t be afraid of carbs. We are told that carbs are bad for us. Well, it’s half true. We NEED carbs for energy! A low-carb diet to me means low-energy. More protein is actually bad because your body will need to do unnecessary work to convert protein into energy, and if you aren’t active, it only turns into fat. Healthy carbs coming from fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains will give you the energy you need to make it through the day, while providing you with the necessary nutrients for optimal health. Our brain needs carbs in order to function as well. So, there is nothing wrong with carbs as long as they are not simple carbs like white sugar and white flour.
- Eat more plant-based. No matter what diet you are on (and you don’t have to be vegan), you will need to eat a plant-based diet, emphasizing organic, whole foods. Healthy, plant-based eating is the way to go, and a better chance to achieve optimum health and longevity.
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