3 Nutrition Challenges For The Best ResultsBy Katrina Scott on
We always hear questions about what we eat to stay lean and toned, so we're letting you in on all our best secrets! We're sharing our top 3 Nutrition Tips to stick to. This is how we personally eat to feel and look our best!
These are tips straight from the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan and they're part of our TIU lifestyle every day. Make a promise to yourself to commit to these challenges you will feel amazing! Your skin will glow, you'll have tons of energy, and you'll reveal your beautiful, lean muscles!
1. Stay Thirsty for MORE!
Hydrate babe! Hydrating your beautiful body with water throughout the day is key to achieving incredible results. It's going to increase your metabolism, give you energy, help de-bloat, AND you'll feel lighter and more refreshed, especially when you wake up in the morning! When your body is dehydrated, you can become fatigued and foggy, so you may reach for something high in sugar, thinking you need 'energy' - but really you just need water!
TIP: Keep a water bottle (like THIS sleek TIU one) with you all the time to prevent feeling this way. Make sure you're drinking at least half your weight in ounces per day. So a 140-pound woman would have about 70-90 ounces. If you're working out or it's hot outside, have even more! If you have water with you at all times, you'll drink it. Just keep sippin'!
2. Nix Foods That Don't Serve YOU & Your Goals!
So many delicious, nutrient-packed foods will give you tons of energy, a strong bod, brain power, and beautiful hair and skin. We want you to focus on meals that make you feel like your best self and limit foods that don't serve your goals. We've found that staying clear of fried foods and heavy processed foods are huge factors for reaching your fitness goals. I nixed fried foods and buttery crackers, and I feel better than ever. The fried foods that were sneaking into my diet were things like chips, sweet potato fries, tempura, and wontons (with my poke!). I actually didn't realize how much I was even having fried food until I stopped for the 31 Day Challenge. I would have chips on the weekends, sometimes with some salsa at a restaurant, a few sweet potato fries here and there (okay maybe more than a few, especially if they were on Brian's plate!), and lots of crackers, especially while entertaining.
I replaced all chips and buttery crackers with cucumber slices (so good with guacamole!), kale chips (I'll buy them or make them with yummy seasoning), snap peas, peppers (love sliced peppers with salsa), carrots (with hummus and dips), and crunchy snacks like baked snap peas and dehydrated veggies. Seriously...you will love this! It's life-chaning and one of the best Tone It Up Nutrition tips we have! Try this and trust us, you're going to feel incredible. It's all about that salsa, guac, hummus, and healthy dip anyway! :)
TIP for post-dinner munchies: Whenever you find yourself craving something after dinner, challenge yourself to reach for some ginger kombucha, sparkling water with lemon, or a delicious, decaf tea instead.
Still thinkin' about that chocolate? Have a Tone It Up dessert and enjoy every bite!
3. Eat Lean, Clean, 'N Green
You always hear us really emphasizing Lean, Clean, 'N Green meals. As many of you know, this is the main principle of the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan and the key to seeing some major results. Eating Lean, Clean, 'N Green means having whole, unprocessed foods like lean protein, healthy fats, fresh fruits, lots of greens, and making CLEAN recipes from ToneItUp.com!
*** It ALSO means enjoying your Tone It Up Pancakes, Healthy Donuts, Waffles, Cookies, Brownies, Delicious Smoothie Bowls AND more!!! Make sure you explore our recipe section for lots of ideas! :) They're all CLEAN & delicious!
We also eat tons of veggies. The trick to making them taste AMAZING is to lightly roast them for 10-20 minutes at 350 degrees. This brings out their natural flavor and adds an extra crunch.
Another way to add flavor: Making your own sauces, dips, and dressings. During the spring and summer, there are so many fresh herbs available at farmers' markets and grocery stores. Take advantage of these tasty herbs and add them to all of your meals! We love mixing fresh herbs with olive oil for a delicious dressing. See some of our faves here!