Making good nutritional decisions
At The Art of Dentistry and Spa, we take care of more than just your teeth. The health of your mouth and teeth can be helped (or hurt) by your diet. This month, we’d like to devote our blog space to the best nutritional decisions you can make to care for your body and your teeth.
1. Start Your Day Off Right
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jump-starts your metabolism and helps you make better eating decisions all day long. Your breakfast should include protein and fiber so you stay full longer.
2. Stock Your Fridge
When you shop, buy only food that will support your healthy eating goals. You’ll be much less tempted if there’s no junk food in your house.
3. Drink Up
If you aren’t already drinking water throughout the day, start now. Water plays a role in just about every single vital function of the body. Thirst is associated with feelings of confusion and sluggishness. Drinking water with every meal will help you to stay fuller longer and will help you to avoid overeating. Add lemon for a gentle detox that will help promote weight-loss and will also “spice-up” the bland flavor.
4. It’s Easy Being Green
Upping your kale, salad, organic green juices and other green favorites are going to help you to cleanse your body of unhealthy toxins and help you to drop those extra pounds.
5. Embrace Healthy Fats
There is a huge difference between bad and good fats. A study in the journal Diabetes Care found that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats (such as almonds) may prevent the accumulation of abdominal fat. Combining fats and carbs in the same meal will keep your blood sugar stable and help you avoid hunger-inducing spikes and dips. When picking and choosing from what fats to incorporate in your diet, think of avocados, eggs, salmon, nuts and avoid trans fats or keep them to a minimum.
6. Cut the Junk
When you eat better, you’ll feel better. While it may be fun to indulge, the overall feeling that after overindulging often isn’t worth it. If you love sweets and other snack foods try to think of substitutes. There are many different organic and natural companies that have a line of sweet or salty treats. They are better than the full fat versions, but they still aren’t the healthiest options, so treat them as a reward.
7. Eating Shouldn’t be a ‘Process’
When you pick up an item of food and can’t pronounce a number of different ingredients, that’s should be reason enough to cut it out of your diet. Find substitutes to replace the foods you once loved. Love chicken nuggets? Make your own! Use organic, free-range chicken, cut them into bites and roll them into homemade bread crumbs. If you’re a soda lover, choose carbonated water and add different fruits, like lemon and lime.
8. Be Mindful
Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Is that workout too much for you? Are you getting enough protein and fiber? Are you getting too full? Tuning into what your body