1. Drink more water. Water is calorie free and helps to flush toxins, maintain regularity and promotes weight loss. Water lubricates and cushions your joints, protects your spinal cord and keeps your skin looking vibrant and less dehydrated.
2. Eat real food. The explosion of packaged and processed “convenience” food is only matched with the rising epidemic of obesity, digestive disorder and metabolic irregularities. Preservatives and food additives have been linked to various immune conditions and allergic reactions. Real food is more flavorful (less added salt), has more readily available nutrient content, and typically less calories.
3. Manage insulin. Your diet is the number one factor that affects insulin management. Foods that are high in processed carbohydrates (sugar) trigger the body to release insulin and in time can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can negatively affect hormones and is linked to excess weight around the waist. High triglycerides and cardiovascular disease are also strongly linked to insulin resistance. To avoid peaks and valleys in blood sugar, make sure your diet includes a good balance of lean protein, vegetables, and good fat.
Kimberly Young, M.S. is a practicing Nutritionist in Dallas, Texas. Learn about her integrative and functional approach to diet and nutrition at kyoungnutrition.com