Watching What You Eat: Staying Heathy Through Ideal Nutrition
There are many more people out there who would like to eat healthy, than there are people who actually do. If you want to move out of the former group and into the latter, you are in luck. Improving your nutritional intake can be easy. You need not turn your diet upside down and this article contains some tips that you can use to get real results fast.
One of the weaknesses of the typical modern diet is the lack of essential fatty acids. We can get these essential fatty acids from fish and many types of nuts. When we consume proper amounts of essential fatty acids, it will help our heart health, and it can lower our blood pressure and lessen our chances of developing heart disease.
Avoid drinking your calories in liquid form. Drinks with a great deal of calories, such as milk, energy drinks and fruit juice can give you a large amount of calories without satiating your hunger. Sodas, beer, drink mixes and shakes are full of empty calories and provide no nutritional content whatsoever.
It is important to understand food labels and claims. A product that states it is fat-free, doesn’t necessarily mean it is also low in calories. Along those same lines, a product that is labeled as low-carb or low-sugar does not mean it is low in calories or fat. Make sure to read the nutrition label on food packaging.
Rather than stressing yourself out by trying to identify things to cut from your daily diet, think about how you can add healthy and nutritious snacks and foods to your regimen. If you make a commitment to add in more vegetables or fiber-rich foods, you may find that you are satisfied with the change and don’t even miss the unhealthy snacks.
Cut out salts, sugars, and fats. These items are what your body tends to crave, and yet they are the worst for you. They are never filling, and only add problems to your health. If you are craving sugar, try eating fruit instead. With salts and fats, you should try adding spices to your foods to make them taste better.
While high-protein meats and poultry can be part of a healthy diet, many nutritionists suggest including at least one meat-free meal into your weekly diet. Instead of meat, add in additional servings of low sodium cooked beans, soy products, or a variety of unsalted nuts like pecans, peanuts, and walnuts.
Oprah Winfrey used the phrase “clean eating” in her book Oprah’s Kitchen. It’s helpful to think of clean eating as a good way to approach food. Simple preparations, lighter salad dressings, using less oils and fats (though still a bit for flavor!), and keeping things as fresh as possible – all these ideas contribute to her way of clean eating. Oprah loved her fried chicken – and presents a clean way of cooking it in her book. The bottom line is, if you have a choice between fancy and heavy vs. simple and fresh, go with the latter and your scale will thank you, no matter what food you’re eating.
It is a shame that so many people have not yet realized how easy it is to improve the their diet. After reviewing the quick ideas in this article, though, you might not be one of those people any more. Even a small change can have a big impact in your diet’s nutritional value, and your overall health.