Yes I know, who could possibly live that professional athlete life when there is a career to focus on, family, school, college, whatever. Not just that, some of us just want to be healthy and look nice, not to grate cheese
on our abs. We are just sick of envying healthy people who are full of energy, while we are struggling to get out of bed every single morning. The good news is that there are certain foods you can incorporate into your diet in order to get that energy boost.
Firstly, find a good and registered dietitian to talk to A dietitian is a person who is an expert in nutrition and helps you translate the science of it so you can understand some of the major laws in the field. They will give you a personalized diet plan which is also adjusted to your body and your lifestyle. Every person has a different body and a need for different groceries. They will analyze you and know what will be the best for you – which is a great first step in your diet.
Antioxidants are your best friends
Antioxidants help us protect our bodies from all that nasty stuff we put in ourselves during the day. By this I mean alcohol, candies (which you have to forget as soon as possible. Consider having a tasty protein drink instead < > – you will feel better, your body will thank you, and you won’t crave sugar anymore), etc. Incorporate as many antioxidants into your daily life as you can. The study that has compared the antioxidant capacity of almost 300 drinks concluded that hibiscus tea has absolutely triumphed. Two cups of this tea per day will lower your blood pressure and help your blood vessels relax and dilate. If you are not a fan of hibiscus tea, opt for green tea, yellow tea, grape juice, black coffee and black tea.
Live longer by eating beans
They are low in fat, have no cholesterol and are packed with protein and fiber. There are many different kinds, like navy beans, pinto and soy beans, which help your cholesterol level drop, and help the feeling of fullness last longer than usual, with less calories. You can also find black beans, garbanzo beans, and white or kidney beans.
Slender your waist with nuts
Yes, they are high in fat, but YES – they will help you lose weight rather than gain it. People who are used to eating nuts daily are slimmer and have a smaller fat percentage in their abdominal area.
Eating nuts also protects you from heart diseases and diabetes. Basically, always keep many different unsalted nuts (especially pistachios) close by and use them as snacks or sprinkle them on your salads.
Make your blood vessels happy with greens
You have probably heard the sentence ”comes from a plant – eat it; was made in a plant – don’t.” Eating greens is really, really important for you. Plants like spinach, collards or argula will help your blood vessels produce nitric-oxide, which keeps the linings in our vessels soft. When your blood vessels are relaxed, the risk of heart attack is reduced and blood pressure is a lot lower. Our vessels can get really stiff and rigid after we eat a lot of fish, meat, eggs, etc. This is why you should always eat your salad with your
lunch. At least half of your plate.
Spicy, spicy, spicy
Turmeric is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory spices. It is an antioxidant which inhibits the growth of cancer cells as well as tumor growth. Make sure you always sprinkle it on your plate. If you are tired of that heavy feeling, by incorporating beans, antioxidants, nuts, greens and turmeric into your diet, you will forget all about that feeling. The feeling of happiness after facing the fact that you are helping your body is something you can’t fake. Make some changes which will help you live a healthier, longer and happier life.
Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and
spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects.
After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing
about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life. Follow him on
Twitter < >. He blogs at ripped.me.