Tips from Upstate Healthy Living, no matter your lifestyle
Alright, all you cheese-danish-eatin’, Hot-Pocket-lovin’, too-busy-to-eat-breakfast types, listen up: there’s another way. (We say this because we care.) It might look at first like lawn clippings in a glass, but it tastes delicious, and your body and your health will thank you.
It’s a smooth(ie) move toward an enlightened sense of nutrition and one that Meggie Bradberry, a certified health coach, is trying to whip up in her business, Upstate Healthy Living. Bradberry’s Smoothie Workshops are just part of her focus on wellness and are a delicious way to bring on a healthier lifestyle.
If Bradberry’s passion for the subject doesn’t convince you, her realistic approach will: For starts, she doesn’t like the word diet. Secondly, she’s triumphed over her own health challenges, including chronic sinus infections, migraines, and the toll that the devastating death of her brother took on her. When she walked out of a doctor’s office at 26-years-old gripping five prescriptions, she knew she had to change and soon registered for training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. “We learned this concept of bio-individuality, meaning that no perfect way of eating works for everyone,” Bradberry says. “The food that you eat may be perfect for your unique body, age, and lifestyle, but may cause someone else to gain weight and be lethargic or even sicken them. We are too individualistic to eat the same exact food.”
The willowy, poster girl of good health (who yes, even slips up herself sometimes, hello Cadbury Eggs!) offers up a host of recipes, tips, and both personal and corporate health coaching at upstatehealthyliving.com.
BESIDES “GOING GREEN,” MEGGIE BRADBERRY’S TOP 8 RECOMMENDATIONS:
Always eat breakfast. A smoothie is a great start, or just get something small. If you don’t eat anything, by the time lunchtime comes around, you’re going to reach for anything in sight.
Snack. Keep fruits, nuts, and vegetables on hand. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats like nuts, which contain protein for endurance and the coenzyme Q10, a nutrient that helps produce energy inside our cells.
Cook once, eat twice. Bring a homemade lunch to work. This is where the slow cooker is your best friend. Also, try making huge batches of roasted veggies and grains on Sunday night, such as quinoa or brown rice.
Be a food detective. Read food labels, and don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce. Stick to simple, whole foods to nourish your body.
Relax. Unhealthy eating often happens when we’re stressed out or rushing from one event to another. Take breaks from computer time whenever possible to do some deep-breathing exercises.
Chew. This is an important practice that many Americans rush through nowadays. You have to allow your body to register that you are full. So slow down and chew.
Drink more water. By replacing soda, alcohol, or coffee with water, you can cut a significant amount of calories from your daily routine. I recommend drinking at least 32 ounces of water before lunch, and then another 32 ounces before 5 p.m. Carry a large, BPA-free water bottle with you. Add lemon to it for some flavor.
Crowd out. The best way to battle the urge to overindulge is to add more to your diet, rather than taking away from it. Most nutritionists give their clients a list of foods to avoid, which sounds like rules to me—and who likes rules? If you fill your body with healthy, nutrient-dense foods, it is only natural that cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen substantially.