One of the main reasons why I started my blog was to share lots of healthy living tips/tricks with all of you lovely people. Although my little corner of the blog world has become much more than only a healthy living blog, I still try to center a lot of my posts around how to living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Because I was a former athlete (tennis player), run races and actively model, I get approached a significant amount about my eating plans, workouts and daily routines.
Since I live a pretty diverse lifestyle, my eating and workout plans naturally tend to differ depending on what I am trying to achieve.
Overtime, I’ve been able to develop my own healthy eating and workout habits that keep me on track whether I am training for a race, or trying to look my best for a fashion show or shoot.
While preparing for an audition, photo shoot or fashion show I try to eat as clean as possible, but I do not deprive myself. Trust me, I’m Italian, we go overboard sometimes!
When I am training for a race, or have some time until my next photo shoot or show date, I tend to give myself a little bit more leeway.
No matter what the situation is (show, shoot or race) I always, always, always stick to my golden rule, which is:
Everything in Moderation
Keith Urban said it best in his latest hit single:
”I don’t need a whole lot of anything, just a little bit of everything”.
Sorry I had to!
Aside from my golden rule, here are some of my other favorite healthy eating tips that almost always follow. Enjoy!
Eating breakfast is SO important. If you skip breakfast, you will inevitably eat more throughout the day because your body will be lacking energy.
My favorite breakfast is a cup of Greek yogurt with a few fix-ins (almonds, fruit, flax-seed) or some scrambled eggs/egg whites. The more protein, the better!
Snacking is actually one of the best things you can do for your body. When you snack healthy, you are keeping your metabolism going and are curbing your cravings.
A few of my favorite healthy snacks include:
low-fat cottage cheese
2 rice cakes with peanut butter
a handful of almonds
a piece of fruit – apple, berries, pineapple, grapes
Avoid Processed Foods
This one is a toughy since almost everything in today’s society seems to be processed!
Try to avoid foods that are sold in boxes and have a shelf life longer than a week. This typically means that there are a lot of additives, that will stall your weight loss, make you feel lethargic and are just NOT healthy.
Of course, remember the golden rule, but don’t make it a habit to eat these foods. Instead look for all natural, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and anything that does not have over 5 ingredients – most of which you usually can’t even pronounce!
Water makes up over half of out biological makeup, which means that it should clearly be a huge part of our diet! Sometimes hunger can often be mistaken for thirst, so before you go crash the cupboard for a snack, take a few sips of water and then decide what it is that you’re really craving.
Doctors recommend about 8-9 glasses of water a day or more, which can sometimes be difficult to consume. I recommend ALWAYS carrying water with you wherever you go. In the car, on a walk, or on your desk at work. If you can see the water, you will be more likely to drink it!
Opt For “Good” Carbs
Yes, there is such a thing! Fruits, vegetables and whole grains all contains carbohydrates and are an essential part of any healthy diet.
Stay away from refined carbohydrates such as white bread, rice and pasta (again moderation here is ok!) and instead opt for whole wheat options.
What are some of your favorite healthy eating tips?