RD's 10 Nutrition Habits
Results driven is all about sustainability...
Whether it's exercise or nutrition, we want to help our members find effective solutions that can last a life time. Diets are synonyms with restriction. As a result, most people have a hard time following them for more than a few months. It's a story we hear from members regularly.
A more acceptable approach is to follow guidelines as opposed to a meal plan or diet. Below are 10 habits we encourage members to adopt over time. Why is this different than a diet? There's no "tricks," restrictions, wraps, juices, fasts etc. They're just reasonable rules. Things to think about and add to your diet to help you become healthier. They go in this specific order and encourage members to eat nutrient dense food, regularly; avoid caloric beverages; eat healthy fats and to stop when they feel full. Here are our "rules for the road" when it comes to nutrition.
1… Eat every 2-4 hours.
2… Eat complete, lean protein with every meal.
3… Eat vegetables with every meal.
4… If fat loss is your goal, eat vegetables with every meal, fruit with any meal, “other carbs” only after exercise.
5… Eat healthy fats with every meal (except after workouts).
6… Don’t drink beverages with more than 0 calories.
7… Eat whole foods instead of supplements, whenever possible.
8… Plan ahead and prepare food in advance.
9… Eat as wide a variety of good food as much as possible.
10… Plan to break the rules 10% of the time (3-4 times per week).
To make these habits part of your life, the staff at RD asks members to log their food. A food journal is the easiest way to understand what you eat so you can make the most beneficial choices. This not about being perfect, it's about recognizing your own tendencies and adding as many beneficial habits to your life as possible to reach your goal.