Developing a healthy diet is among the best things you can do for yourself. You can add years to your life span, and you will become more physically fit. And the best part is eating healthy and getting the benefits is pretty easy to do. Below are a few simple ideas to help you get started.
Include leafy greens in your meal plans daily. Green veggies have a lot of good stuff like minerals and vitamins you need. Studies have shown that a diet rich in leafy green vegetables can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Many minerals can be found in vegetables including iron, calcium, and potassium. And, vegetables are very low in calories and cholesterol which makes them almost a perfect food.
Many different varieties of fruits should also be in your healthy diet. 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 products made with whole grains instead of refined. Refined grains have their outer and inner parts removed during processing, stripping them of their nutritional properties. Whole grains are not subjected to this processing and so retain much, if not all, of their nutritional value. So, products made from whole grains are naturally more nutritious than products made from processed grains.
Eliminating foods that are high in sugar and fat is also important to a healthy diet. The calories in these food are called “empty” because they have very little, if any, nutritional value. To add healthy fats to your diet use olive oil.
Water is a very important part of your nutrition. Your cells need water to live on and stay healthy. When your body is dehydrated, your body weakens and become vulnerable to disease. The rule of thumb that you should drink 8 8 oz. Glasses each day might be a bit excessive but its not a bad idea either.
If you eat meat you really should avoid cuts that are high in saturated fats. Choose instead leaner cuts of meats and add poultry to your meal selections. When you eat lean meats, you can get the protein without all the fat.
Snacks are often a problem in any diet. Its hard to find something healthy that won’t undo all the good your doing at meal times. Both nuts and yogurt are great choices for snacks. Just don’t eat salted nuts and choose low fat yogurt and you have satisfying snacks that won’t defeat your healthy eating goals.
Even though a healthy diet will provide most of the vitamins and nutrients you require, many still want to add a supplement each day. There’s no real harm in this as long as you limit yourself to a multi vitamin. In most cases there is no need for “super doses” of vitamins or minerals. If you think you might be deficient in a vitamin or mineral its probably time to see your doctor.
As you can see developing a balanced and healthy diet isn’t really that hard. All it takes is some good information and will power. Once you have practiced eating healthy for a week or two you are going to find that you both look and feel better. And that makes eating the way you used to very unappealing