No matter what your health and nutrition goals are, there is a fundamental method to balancing your plate that can help you slim down, tone up, boost energy and improve health from the inside out. Want to know the secret? Keep reading!
I believe that healthy doesn’t have to be hard, which is why I’m all for guidelines and formulas that allow for flexibility. As a health coach, it’s important for me to steer clients in a direction that is realistic and attainable, despite their lifestyle and dietary needs or preferences.
When talking about healthy food choices, I tend to fall back on a specific visual and formula that best describes how to balance a nutritious plate.
The Visual: 4 Quadrants
Imagine your plate as if it were broken up into four quadrants. Got it? Now here’s how to fill each quadrant:
The Formula: The Perfect Trifecta
If you follow me (@fitlivingeats) on Instagram, you might already be familiar with #theperfecttrifecta. This blend of macronutrients streamlines the plate visual mentioned above into a formula that can be used no matter where you find yourself.
The perfect trifecta = protein + healthy fats + fiber
Notice that I’m not just referencing carbohydrates, but more specifically, fiber. This is the key component to carbohydrates that makes or breaks your plate from a nutritious perspective. Think cupcake (carbohydrate) vs. quinoa (carbohydrate + fiber).
Interested in taking your nutritious plate one step further? Check out my 2018 Fall Nutritious SLIMdown 6-Week Challenge to learn how to implement what you’ve learned into actionable steps to help you see results!
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