Smart Nutritional Strategy for Good Looks

Amy Grimes December 6, 2014 2
Young Woman Preparing A Salad

Make meals that are fun to make and eat.

 A balanced nutritional strategy is one of the cornerstones of a happy life. Unfortunately, you won’t find balance at the bottom of a large strawberry milkshake or a salt-laden microwave meal. Improper nutrition is damaging to your well-being and empty calories are frankly, quite useless to you. It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that the chemically engineered deliciousness of fast food is the same thing as happiness but don’t let the MSG fool you.

For years I thought I was just a tired person. A bit lazier than your average woman, perhaps. I subsisted largely on starchy foods, rarely touching meat. Of course it took me years to connect the two – who doesn’t love naps? It turns out a severe lack of protein due to the nutritional content of my diet was making me feel awful. I started feeling more energetic as soon as I began eating fresh chicken or beef a few times a week. Who knew? Well, my body knew and it had been trying to tell me for a long time. So take a moment, listen to your body. You might be similarly lethargic, have trouble sleeping, suffer from mood swings, or maybe you have gained weight that you can’t shake. Many common health woes are down to the wrong nutritional strategy.

Women have some very specific nutritional needs. For starters, we need more iron, folic acid, and calcium than our male counterparts. This is because of things like childbirth and menstruation. If you’ve ever found yourself craving a burger around that time of the month it’s most likely due to a lack of iron. Women also need all the regular nutrients that should be common to every diet – things like protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins. However not everyone consumes these in the correct and balanced amount.

You’re probably reading this and thinking: “Yeah, sure, I’ve heard this all before”. The healthy lifestyle shtick is all too familiar to most women and we get sick and tired of being bombarded with the same messages. Changing your nutritional strategy, though, has real and tangible benefits. This isn’t some get-thin-quick scheme; it’s all about improving how you feel from the inside out.

 

 The benefits of changing how you handle your nutrition are limitless. Start examining what you eat and adjusting it in order to take in the correct nutrients and you can begin to feel more awake with more energy. Vitamins and minerals can clear up your skin and improve the quality of your hair and nails. The correct amounts and types of fat and fiber can help you to feel focused. It’s easier to get through the day on a balanced diet because it helps you to be the best version of yourself that you can.

So if we can see all the benefits of changing our approach to nutrition, why is it so hard to do so? Why do we stick to bad habits that do us no good? Simply put, the answer is that change takes significant effort. It’s no easy task to undo a lifetime of unhealthy habits. It is possible though, if you just find the key to unlock your inner motivation. This could be something as small and inconspicuous as a list on your fridge of all the reasons you want to change. Or you could take the carrot-and-stick approach and reward yourself with something nice for every week or month that you follow your new nutrition plan. Personally, I need a constant reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing so I keep a little five-point list as a sticky-note on my phone’s home-screen. It’s like a modern version of tying a string around my finger! This nudge in the right direction every time I unlock my mobile is invaluable so experiment a bit and find what works for you.

As a woman your body is capable of tremendous things. Just look at giving birth, that’s a feat of impressive ability and proof that we can handle almost anything. If you eat well, your body will reap the rewards. There’s no reason not to change how you look at nutrition, it’s essential if you want to feel better. I for one would gladly take feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed over an extra-large bag of fries any day, wouldn’t you?

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Stephanie November 29, 2013 at 11:35 am -

    I’ve heard about the connection between meat and energy however I know a couple of vegans who have an abundance of it. Are there any non-meat foods that provide similar advantages?

    • Kim Rawks December 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm -

      I THINK you can get the same amount of protein in nuts. But there is so much seemingly conflicting info out there maybe Amy (the author) can shed some light for us.

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