Living a healthy lifestyle is all about small choices that add up over time. One of the first small switches I made was choosing whole grains over refined grains.
Let’s start with the basics- what are whole grains and refined grains?
Refined grains: “have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. Some examples of refined grain products are white flour, white bread, and white rice,” according to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Whole grains: “whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Reﬁning normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, and are greatly reduced in at least seventeen key nutrients. Processors add back some vitamins and minerals to enrich reﬁned grains, so reﬁned products still contribute valuable nutrients. But whole grains are healthier, providing more protein, more ﬁber and many important vitamins and minerals,” according to Whole Grains Council.
Now that you know the difference, choosing whole grains over refined grains, should be easy! Grabbing whole wheat noodles is second nature to me now. And I wouldn’t even think about grabbing a loaf of white bread!
Though there are many fad diets that eliminate gluten, the USDA still recommends eating whole grains daily. There are many benefits of eating whole grains including:
Start by swapping out your regular your refined grain choices for whole grain choices. These simple swaps are much better for your body, and your family won’t even notice!
Some of my favorite healthy whole grains are: oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa and obviously popcorn! What are your favorite whole grains?
Did you know that the amount of sleep you get each night plays an important role in your overall health and well-being? There are so many benefits to catching those zzz’s!
It’s true- sleep really is the key to success in so many areas of our lives. If you struggle getting enough sleep at night, start slow. Set a reminder on your phone and try to get in bed just 15 minutes earlier than normal. Slowly you can add a few more minutes on as you get used to climbing into bed earlier. Give it a try and see how your life improves!
Seven to nine hours of sleep are recommended for the average adult. How much sleep do you get on average? What tips do you have for being well-rested? Share your suggestions and experiences in the comments below!
Why are fitness trackers so popular? Are they necessary? Are they worth the hype? Do you really need one to lose weight and get in shape?
For me, my fitness tracker helps me stay on track. Some days I feel like I’ve been busy and running all over the place- but my Fitbit can tell me if that is actually true!
Happy Friday, friends! We made it through another week! As usual, I’m providing you with a Friday Fit Tip to keep you on track this weekend!
Today’s tip: chug a liter of water right when you wake up in the morning. This tip comes straight from Cameron Diaz! She shares this advice in her book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body.
Diaz herself follows this tip every morning. “It’s very important to start your day off with a lot of energy,” she says. “For me, that starts with getting up, brushing my teeth, and drinking some water—I drink a liter of water straight down.”
Drinking water right away in the morning is an easy way to prep your bod for a healthy day. Here are a few benefits of drinking water right away in the AM:
To help you remember to drink up right away in the morning, fill a cup with water before bed and put it on your nightstand or somewhere close to your bed. Chug that water right when you wake up!
Have you put any Friday Fit Tips into action? What have the results been? Share your stories with me below in the comments!