Believe it or not, there are still people who have heard about eating a healthy diet, but are undecided about going down that path.
A little knowledge is all it takes to get started on the path to good health.
A healthy diet is essential for sustaining the function of a healthy body.
Breaking unhealthy habits is difficult, but not an impossible task.
The place to start is reading for yourself the benefits of eating healthy foods and getting daily exercise.
When a person begins to understand what healthy eating is all about, the next step begins with a healthy eating plan and to rid the kitchen of any unhealthy foods.
What foods are described as unhealthy? Any food that has been processed, and this would include, cookies, potato chips and any beverage with the word “soda” in it.
Processed, packaged foods typically have little to no nutrition, and therefore do not meet the nutritional needs of the body.
Instead, stock your kitchen with healthy snacks, such as a variety of fruit and vegetables, cheese, yogurt, and various 100% whole wheat products.
Simple nutritional snacks can include among others, almond butter and an apple.
What do healthy meals include? Lean proteins and vegetables. Also, eating fruit as a snack between meals.
A healthy eating plan includes the recommended daily allowances from all the food groups.
We won’t pretend it is easy to do, that is getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Just do your best.
Another step in learning to eat a more nutritious diet, is learning how food works in the body.
This may not seem important to you, just so long as you feel satisfied when you east.
If you were aware how some foods work in the intestinal tract, and how some foods waist your bodies energy to digest and expel from the body, you’ll be more prone to make healthy choices at meal and snack times.
The energy that is wasted on junk foods consumed or food additives your body does not even recognize, would be,
1. Energy otherwise spent to repair your body
2. Energy waisted to maintain a healthy immune system
Junk food can rob you of the energy to do the things you enjoy, instead of being fatigued and tired all of the time.
Once you appreciate how specific nutrients work in the body, you can then start to slow down the premature aging process.
As they say, “Knowledge is power!”
Cook At Home
By cooking at home, you control the ingredients that go into your food as well as the cooking method, and therefore having control over your health and what goes into your body.
Many people have very busy lives, and eating junk food and fast food on the go is typical.
It’s important to plan ahead. Rather than grabbing a fast food lunch on the run, take a bagged lunch to work, possibly a tuna salad sandwich on 100% whole wheat or a fresh salad.
The weekend is a good time to plan for the week, and prep food that can be used easily throughout the week.
Plan ahead for healthy dinners as well, by cooking ahead of time and using the freezer to its fullest advantage.
There are many healthy meals you can make in quantity and freeze for later.
Examples are stuffed bell peppers, vegetable or meat lasagna, just to name a few.
Shop the Perimeter of the Supermarket
Did you know that the periphery of any supermarket or perimeter has all the healthy foods, while the inside aisles carry all the processed and unhealthy ones.
Think about it, the produce, bulk foods, fresh meats, and the dairy products are all on the periphery or perimeter.
Next time you are at the market take a stroll and look around the perimeter to see what is there.
Are you ready to take the path to a healthy and nutritious diet?
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