Boost your potential to find the perfect partner! (guest Blogger)

I am constantly hearing this complaint!(Including from Me!!!!) I just can’t seem to lose these last few pounds and I know I would feel better about myself if I could. Crash diets don’t work in the long run so we need some real solid ideas on how to tackle this issue. When we are looking to find a great match for ourselves the first person we have to start with is ourselves, DO WE HAVE OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD? Men and women!

Guest blogger Crystal Higgins, BSc., RD has some great insight!
Boost your potential to find the perfect partner with whole food nutrition!

Food-And-Nutrition- Boost your potential to find the perfect partner!

The foods that you choose on a daily basis are not only necessary to fuel your body, but can also impact your energy, mood and appearance. The old cliché, “You are What You Eat” certainly stills holds true.

Good nutrition and healthy eating habits are especially pertinent when searching for your perfect partner. You want to look and feel your best to make that first impression a lasting one!

We are constantly bombarded with nutrient claims, new diets and product trends. Unfortunately food business and nutrition professionals often have divergent goals. For example, what is good for business is not always good for our bodies! At the end of day, the bottom line is which products sell well – remember this when you see the next commercial for Special K or Chocolate Cheerios! Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of money to be made from advertising fresh broccoli and local berries.

Processed and packaged foods line the aisles in grocery stores, drug stores and convenience shops and serve as an easy way out for many of us. They are typically cheap, have a long shelf life and fill that “grab’ n ’go” need for our busy lifestyles – buyer beware! Even “organic”, “natural” or “low-fat” foods may not be the best choice. Take the extra 15 seconds to look at the nutrition facts to find foods with less sugar, fat and sodium – aim for < 15% of the daily value (DV). Look for foods that contain MORE fibre and satiating protein for longer lasting energy.

Better yet, avoid the packaged food altogether and opt for whole fresh foods that don’t even have a label or quasi-nutrient claims. Shop the perimeter of the store and load up on colourful veggies, fruits, low fat dairy, eggs, nuts, legumes and lean proteins such as fish, chicken and turkey. These foods are linked to lower odds for major depression and chronic disease.

So what specific foods should YOU eat to boost your mood, look and chances of finding the right match? Everybody has different taste preferences, but some of my favourites include wild salmon, oatmeal, edamame, lentils, chickpeas, spinach, berries, yams as well as the new and trendy hemp hearts & chia seeds.

If you find yourself confused with all of the scientific jargon out there, remember this: IF MOTHER NATURE MADE IT, EAT IT!

I am actually using her insight and information and am finally losing the weight that crept on in the last few years! I know first hand, it really does work!

For a more detailed look at your own nutrition needs, consider consulting with a registered dietitian (RD). Many health insurance plans cover the cost of an RD, up to $500.

Crystal Higgins, BSc., RD
Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Consultant
Nuvo Nutrition

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