I believe in the importance of eating whole foods and minimizing processed foods. Although it is very important to take care of the hair that you see to minimize breakage, it is also key to take care of your insides to promote overall health and maximize hair growth. We are what we eat and what we put into our bodies is a direct reflection of what our physical appearance is.
Flipping the product around and reading over the ingredients and nutrition label is one of the smartest decisions you can make. I believe in getting the most bang for your buck. For example, chia seeds are an easy way to add fiber, protein and omega-3 to any food. Taking vitamins are good, but wouldn’t you prefer to get your vitamins and nutrients directly from your food.
Did you know that restaurants that you may frequent usually have a website dedicated to nutrition and ingredients. In my opinion, you can tell if the restaurant invests in you if they provide you with this information. More personally, I would frequent a restaurant in the Chicago area, I won’t divulge the name, but my roommate and I were going at least once a week or even twice a week. This wasn’t the best decision for our budget, but our excuse was we were tired and hungry.
We eventually got back on our health grind and started to become more conscious of calories, carbs, fat and sodium. We visited the nutrition website for the particular restaurant and were shocked at the extremely high numbers across the board. Calories and sodium were 2000+ for the majority of the options. Fat and saturated fat ranged from 20g-131g. When looking at several menu options, we saw that some items had four-five servings. Where was any of this information on the menu? What we thought of as a simple splurge at the end of a busy day was causing our workouts to be in vain.
Even when I have a splurge day, I pull up the nutrition label to make sure I can ”afford” the splurge. Splurging is necessary or you’ll go crazy, but make sure you know what you’re putting in your body. It really makes all the difference. When you’re dining out, don’t be afraid to ask your server how many servings are in this meal and also for nutrition information. If they don’t know, ask for the manager. This information should no longer be kept a secret.