Eating a healthy diet has many benefits. Putting the right foods, in the right quantities, into your body can add years to your life and boost your immune system as well. Even better, it isn’t that hard to do. Here are a couple of strategies on developing a healthy eating program.
Include leafy greens in your meal plans daily. Leafy greens are high in fiber, and they are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid. A number of studies focusing on diet have shown that people whose diets have a lot of green vegetables also have lower incidences of heart problems and some cancers. They are also a great source of iron and calcium. And, vegetables are very low in calories and cholesterol which makes them almost a perfect food.
Fruits provide you with fiber and vitamins that your body needs. Naturally sweet, fruits are a great way to satisfy sugar cravings without the calories. Anti-oxidants are an important part of the fight against disease and fresh fruit have them in abundance. Bringing fruit into your meals also brings large amounts of minerals, vitamins, and other nutritional bonuses.
Choose breads and pasta that are made from whole grains instead of refined grains. When grain is “refined” the process removes much of their nutritional value. Because whole grains do not go through the same processing they are able to retain their nutritional worth. It is this process of manufacturing the products that make refined grain breads and pastas less healthy than their whole grain equivalents.
Any healthy diet also must eliminate, or greatly reduce, products that are loaded with fat and sugar. These empty calories lead to unnecessary weight gain. It is best to avoid foods that contain too much refined sugars and fats, especially saturated fats. To add healthy fats to your diet use olive oil.
Possibly the most important ingredient in any diet is water. Your cells need water to live on and stay healthy. When your body is dehydrated, your body weakens and become vulnerable to disease. The old saying you should drink 8 glasses daily isn’t at all a bad idea.
If you eat meat you really should avoid cuts that are high in saturated fats. Instead, eat lean meats like fish and poultry. These choices still provide the protein but without all the fat.
Nuts and yogurt make great snacks. Nuts are a great source for essential fatty acids and are beneficial to your heart. Yogurt is rich in protein and good bacteria for your digestive system. Keeping nuts and yogurt on hand for snacking will prevent you from grabbing an unhealthy snack whenever you are hungry.
Supplements also have a place in a healthy eating plan. Just realize that a good multi vitamin is probably all you require and even that might be overkill. If the rest of your diet is balanced with fruits and vegetables you will be getting most, if not all, of what you need already.
In the end, building a healthy diet only requires some information and some self discipline. It may be a bit hard in the beginning but, very soon, eating this way is going be second nature and you won’t give a thought to the way you used to eat..