Men: Do You Need a Health Tune-Up?
Guys are notorious for skimping on self-care. But "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" doesn't work when it comes to your health. Here's what to do instead.
Eat Like a Man
Breakfast. It's still the most important meal of the day to jump-start your metabolism, Villacorta says. Try reaching for 1 and 1/2 cups of cooked steel-cut oatmeal (whole grains, high in fiber). Add a cup or so of blueberries (loaded with antioxidants), 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds (a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids), and nonfat plain Greek yogurt (a great source of protein and calcium). Stir together. Enjoy.
Lunch. Keep it fairly light; a big meal will leave you sleepy. Villacorta recommends a healthy burrito. Start with a whole-wheat tortilla (whole grains) and add 4 to 5 ounces of lean meat, such as grilled chicken (protein), beans (complex carbs and protein), plus tons of salsa (fat-free) and some sliced avocado (healthy fat). Hold the sour cream and cheese.
Dinner. It's best to eat your evening meal at least 90 minutes before bedtime, says Villacorta. He suggests keeping it simple. Try 4 to 5 ounces of grilled salmon (omega-3 fatty acids and protein), a cup of quinoa (complex carbs and whole grains), and cooked vegetables, such as spinach or broccoli.