Thursday, 24 April 2014

Cutting Calories?

I truly believe that "counting" calories makes it more difficult to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It's not fun to be tracking the numbers all day, and it won't always allow you to appreciate the foods that you're nourishing your body with.

Here are some simple ways to healthily cut calories to avoid having to do the math...

1. Nonstick Pans
- little to no cooking oil is required when frying meats or vegetables

2. Eat Veggies
- non-starchy vegetables like greens, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli
- add bulk without adding too many calories
- increase in fibre which will leave you feeling satiated
- add a lot of veggies and subtract a few of your calorie-dense foods

3. Measure
- don't casually eyeball your ingredients
- it's easier to calculate measurements than it is to calculate caloric intake throughout the day

4. Soup
- large volume without a large caloric content (avoid cream based soups)
- water based soups give the illusion of a large portion/will keep you satiated

5. Add Fruit, Subtract Cheese
- if you already have a sliced meat in your sandwich, try adding slices of apple, avocado, or pear to your sandwiches instead of cheese
- you still get the protein from the meat, and it adds a new creative, flavour to your day