JACQUI’S TOP TEN NUTRITIONAL TIPS

Jacqui's Top Ten Nutritional Tips• Start your day by taking a hydrating “shower on the inside”.  Leave an 8-oz glass of water on your bedside table and drink it first thing to cleanse and rejuvenate.

• Drink a green drink in the morning to switch your pH from acid to alkaline.  Drink another one in the mid-afternoon for quick pick-me-up.

• Eat a high-quality, protein-rich breakfast. This is the very best way to start your day and get that energy boost your looking for.

• Eat optimal amounts of protein throughout the day to keep your blood sugar balanced, your energy up and to maintain your lean body mass – most women need approximately 70 grams of protein/day.  This depends on individual need and activity level.

• Eat a small amount of healthy fat with each meal and snack. Your body needs high-quality fats to function optimally, keep you satisfied and your appetite in check so don’t be “fat phobic”.

• Limit carbs to 2 – 3 servings per day max and opt for starchy veggies and beans instead of grains.

• Aim for eating at least 9 servings of fruits and veggies/day – mostly veggies. Choose the most colorful to get the most bang for your nutritional buck.

• Drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water to keep properly hydrated, your brain sharp and your metabolism boosted.

• Practice eating slowly and chewing thoroughly to enhance digestion and give your body time to tell your brain it’s full (takes 20 minutes).

• Enjoy your food. Eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life so relax, enjoy and use the 80% rule (80% healthy/20% not so healthy) – it’s the perfect balance for keeping you healthy AND happy : ) – Bon Appetit!

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