How to Start Eating Healthy for a Better Quality of Life
Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to promote a better quality of life for a longer period of time. Our bodies and minds are greatly dependant on the foods we eat and if we eat junk foods… well, let’s just say we’re not giving ourselves a healthy life projection. Bad eating habits can lead to serious health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease that can great effect the quality of life we live. So how do we change the habits we’ve adopted over the course of our lives and start eating healthy? Just follow these helpful eating tips and you will be on your way to a longer, healthier quality of life than you ever thought possible.
- Stick to a Well Balanced Diet – A healthy eating plan involves a balance of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fibers. None of these essential items should be forgotten or eaten in excess because they all play a part in the overall function of our bodies and how well it runs. However, just because you can have things such as fats and carbohydrates doesn’t mean that you can count junk food or unhealthy food as part of the “balanced diet”. Unhealthy food isn’t necessarily a no-no, but it should be kept for special or rare occasions when it is a treat rather than a normal everyday meal.
- Eat Lean Proteins Rich in Nutrients – Lean proteins such as fish, poultry, pork or beef low in fat and rich in nutrients like omega-3s should be a common staple of your balanced diet. Protein helps the body to do a variety of things such as convert to energy, help the healing process of the body, fights fatigue and plays a vital role keeping our immune systems running properly.
- Have Lots of Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits and vegetables should be a mainstay in your diet as they provide a large portion of the necessary nutrients we need to survive and also are fairly low in fat and calories as well. Make sure that will every meal you eat you have at least two servings of vegetables or fruits, paying more attention to vegetables than fruits.
- Remember to Eat Your Breakfast – A significant portion of the public forget or purposely skip breakfast and this can have an adverse effect on the health of your body. After a night’s sleep, our bodies are low on energy and need a boost to get going and to jump start our metabolism. If we wait several hours after we’ve woken up to eat, we deprive our bodies of the vital energy it needs to keep us going. A breakfast doesn’t have to be large to count, but it does need to be healthy such as eating an apple and a glass of milk before heading off for our busy day.
- Eat Healthy Snacks – In between meals we are bound to get hungry a little bit and that is our bodies way of telling us that it needs more energy and nutrients. When this happens have healthy snacks on hand such as nuts & seeds, yogurts, fruits or vegetables to supplement your energy levels and to help to boost your intake of essential nutrients such as Vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
- Don’t Forget to Hydrate – Drink at least eight 8oz. glasses of water a day to help your body stay hydrated and to also help to keep you feeling full between meals. This will also help to flush your body of unwanted toxins as well.
Keep to Single Serving – A problem becoming common more and more each day is eating foods in multiple servings. Many pre-packaged foods are double or even triple a serving, but look as if they were a single portion. So pay attention to what you are eating and stick to a single portion for every food that you eat, no matter what