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My Top Five Nutrition Tips

It seems there are as many diet plans out there as there are people, but what most need is just to get back to basics. No better time than back-to-school to get on the track to the health and wellness we all crave.

These tips are listed in the order that most will receive 'bang for the buck.' In fact, with just about every new client I work with, I start with tip 1, and we build our way to tip 5. For most people it's best to work with one tip for a week or two before adding another. However, if you are in the mood for a major re-set, feel free to work on all of them at once!

1.  Protein with every meal/snack

It doesn't have to be much, but it has to be there if you want best body boosting results. A hard boiled egg or a lean chicken breast is perfect.

Pro tip:  Make breakfast and/or lunch the highest protein of all the meals! You'll get more mileage out of boosting the protein those particular times.

2.  Fruit and/or Veggie with every meal/snack

These things are high on water, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and low on calories, refined sugar, and fat. A wonderful way to optimize your health and waistline at the same time.

Pro tip:  Leafy greens and berries offer the most benefits to the average diet.

3.  Focus your meal/snack

Each meal or snack can have ample carbohydrate or ample fat, but when it contains a lot of both, the calories might run too high. Proceed with caution.

Pro tip: Avoid eating unnecessary snacks unless you truly need them. If you eat a balanced diet, most people really don't need much in between the three main meals to be comfortable. On the other hand, if you are truly hungry, go ahead and have a snack.

4.  Choose 'Drink or Desert'

Sometimes you go out to eat and it's a special day that you want to indulge. Go ahead--but choose 'drink or desert'--not both if you're working hard on your health.

Pro tip:  Order a coffee or a bowl of berries with whipped cream instead of desert. 

5.  Restaurants are not
a Free for All

On the other hand, if you're eating out often (say, more than twice a month) it is not an excuse to eat anything you want (if you are working on changing your eating habits). Think of a restaurant as a big giant personal chef--and enjoy not having to slave over a hot stove to create a delicious but healthy meal (most places really do have them nowadays!)

Pro tip: Don't be afraid to request something simple that's not listed on the menu. The worst that will happen is they will say no!

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