Today, I continue the beloved post on how to eat right from 9-5!

4. Eat Smaller Amounts, and Eat More Frequently

A lot of people, especially people who are close to me, always scoff when I give this advice. But I eat 3-5 meals a day including snacks, I exercise daily and don’t drink ANY soda (I swear!) and I would like to consider myself has healthy. “Too much food — even if it’s well balanced — is going to make you drowsy because it introduces too much glucose for your body to handle at one time.” When was the last time you ate so much you wanted to take a nap as soon as you were done? Yea, not a good feeling. Eat well-balanced meals (and yes even tasty) and that feeling will soon subside. “Five to six small meals tend to make people perform much better than three squares.”

5. Fat Is Beautiful … for Your Brain

You probably know that omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart. But they’re great brain food, too. The fats found in salmon, walnuts, and kiwi improve learning and memory and help fight against mental disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and dementia, according to a 2008 report from the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. The fats support the synapses in the brain where much of our cognitive functioning occurs. Enough said

6. How to Keep Things in Proportion

This is such an EASY and great way to measure food servings, and all you need….. YOUR HAND!

Your fist is the size of the carbs; your palm is the size of the protein.

Make an OK sign with your thumb and index finger, and that’s how much fat you should have.

Open your hand as wide as it can go; that’s the amount of fruits and vegetables. 

I know that was probably a little longer than you would like to read, but I like to include everything that is important and super easy to incorporate into your life. Trust me 5-10 mins of reading is worth adding extra years to your life. Sign me up!

What’s your favorite take-away tip that you’ll incorporate into your healthy lifestyle today? Would love to hear in the comments below!