eating healthy is crucial to maintaining good health..fortunately, it's easier than it sounds..arm yourself with knowledge and you're halfway there..if you think of eating healthy not as a sacrifice, but more as an opportunity for self-improvement, you're almost at the finish line..you don't need someone to tell you the numerous health benefits that putting away the donuts and hamburgers will get you..you want someone to show you how it's done..here's a glimpse..
choose the right
carbohydrates.. simple carbs, like sugar and flour, are quickly absorbed by the body's digestive system..this causes a kind of carb overload, and your body releases huge amounts of insulin, to combat the overload..eat these in moderation..complex carbs, on the other hand, are slowly digested by the body..they include whole- grain flour, hearty vegetables, oats, and unprocessed grains, like brown rice..these foods are usually higher in vitamins and other nutrients that are beneficial for the body, and they are higher in fiber (which keeps your digestive system running smoothly)..
eat lean, mean protein.. aim to get between 10% and 35% of your daily calories from protein..
practice moderation.. dont over-consume any one food or type of food..instead, try to vary your diet so that you eat a little bit of everything in a moderate amount..
avoid soft drinks,
juices, sports and
energy drinks, as well
as other products
sweeteners.. giving up
sugary drinks is one of the easiest ways, you can instantly improve your diet and become healthier..a can of coke adds 139 extra calories to your diet..a glass of grape juice will set you back even more..try drinking water only to improve and aid digestion..a white chocolate creme frappuccino has whopping 500 calories..while it's okay to treat yourself with these and other drinks every once in a while, it's not a good idea to make them a regular part of your diet..
participate in meatless
monday is an international campaign that encourages people to give up eating meat one day per week..eating less meat can have several health benefits, as most people already have enough protein in their diets..in fact, vegetarians and vegans weight less than meat- eaters, and live longer on average..
stay away from fast
food.. as we all know fast food is bad for our health, yet it continues to remain a weekly staple for too many people..for one, fast food is often fried, processed, and excessively salty..add soft drinks and fries and your meal could easily burn through half of your suggested caloric intake for the day..to add insult to injury, much of the fat contained in fast food is trans fat, the worst kind of fat..
take time to change your diet..for example try switching from chocolate dessert to a heather choice..then try something else..
cravings for junk food
usually stop after about 2 weeks of eating healthy..
consider eating fruit and vegetable salads instead of fast foods..
make sure there isn't a lot of unhealthy food in your house that can tempt you..give or throw away the foods you shouldn't eat..you cant eat what you dont have! and dont buy those thrown away again!
if you are in school then always eat a healthy breakfast before going to school..
have patience..you wont see a drastic drop in your cholesterol level or weight or increase in your energy level immediately..you need to give the changes in diet some time to kick in..you may start to notice changes a couple weeks later..
try to lower your junk food consumption little by little and in a month or so you will frown upon junk foods!
when you think you're
craving for unhealthy
foods, it may mean your body needs something with nutrients and vitamins, so eat healthier alternatives like fruits or vegetables to stop that unhealthy craving..
wash your hands and mouth before and after eating..
eat before you shop so you can focus on your grocery list without having any unnecessary cravings..
even though eating healthy is good for you, it is a quite a bit harder..avoid starving yourself with calories..if you want to gain weight for a football team or some such reason, choose food with lots of calories..however, too many calories, not enough exercise, and eating too much at one time, can make you fat..
try not to buy so much junk food because you will feel tempted to eat it..
carry water with you at all times..try to drink water in place of soft drinks and other flavored beverages..a good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in pounces per day..