June 24, 2017 by Johana Ruez
When I moved to the United States in January 2013, I gained 22 lbs (10 kilos) within 4 months of my arrival in the country!! Trying new things that I have never had in France, such as bagels, Gold Fish, Cheez-It, hot dogs, you name it … definitely didn’t help.
So I decided to pay attention to what I eat, checking the ingredients of every single item I put in my cart. I also started going to the gym almost daily and a few months later, the 22 lbs were gone! I was back to my petite silhouette.
Today I am very careful when it comes to my body, but also my health. I wanted to share with you these little tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Whenever you can, choose the whole grains option
When buying pasta, bread, rice, crackers, cereals, flour … ALWAYS choose whole grains! It makes such a big difference. Whole grains foods are low in fat and high in fiber. They are packed with nutriment, reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
Avoid food containing starch
So here’s the thing. Sometimes you will find food items with very low carbohydrate rate, and therefore, you will think that it’s not that bad, that it doesn’t contain that much sugar. But besides the nutrition facts, you should always check the ingredients! The enzymes in your body will turn starches into glucose during the digestion, which means, turning them into sugar!!
Eat organic food
Organic food is more nutritious, better for your health and the environment and taste better than non-organic food. There is not a big difference in price when you choose organic over non-organic. So why not switching? They contain fewer pesticides and chemicals, which is better for our planet!
Snacks don’t have to be junk food
Craving for a snack in the middle of the afternoon? Don’t rush to the Nutella or the Oreos. A banana can easily fulfill your need for sugar. You can also pack a small bag of nuts to bring to work. Nuts are a great source of energy! If you still feel like eating chocolate, choose dark chocolate.