I ate this great meal today that left me feeling very satisfied, very "filled up." The reason was because it was very balanced. In the smoothie is 2 avocados, 2 bananas, 2 mangoes, a cup of strawberries, and 2 scoops of raw vegan protein powder.
To eat a balanced meal, remember these 3 things:
1. Start out with light, water-rich fruits and vegetables as an appetizer. There are many reasons for this. First, fruits and veggies digest very quickly. They are already through your intestines by the time you begin eating heavier foods. Second, you may not be as hungry as you think. After eating your first course of fruits and vegetables, if you are full you should stop. If you're still hungry, keep eating.
2. Eat slowly, pausing in between bites and in between courses. We've all heard that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you're full. Remind yourself of this every time you eat. One way to eat slowly is to chew your food a lot. This is also a beneficial practice in and of itself because it helps improve digestion.
3. Enjoy the food you eat. It is possible to make healthy food taste good. In fact, it's easy to do. We teach this skill in our Practical Nutrition seminar.
As basic as these principles are, they will transform your life if you practice them. You'll get plenty of food, feel satisfied, and achieve your ideal weight.
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