By Kinsey Lowrey
Believe it or not, healthy eating is composed of just a few simple rules. It really comes down to being consistent, disciplined, and managing your cravings. Below are a few of the basic components to healthy eating.
Eat a variety of foods. Try not getting into a rut with what you eat. When you branch out and sample new foods, you not only incorporate new foods into your diet, it helps ensure that your body receives a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.
Eat as many fresh foods as possible. The best way to achieve this is by increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables you eat on a daily basis and limiting the amount of processed foods (chips, baked goods, prepackaged meals, etc) you eat.
Consume as many whole-grain, whole-wheat items as possible. Whole-grains give your body “good” carbohydrates and provide a significant source of fiber, which plays a major role in preventing cancer and other diseases.
Limit your fat, cholesterol, and sodium intake.
- With fat, the point is to limit the amount you eat and the fat you do eat should be from healthy sources. Healthy sources of fats include: seeds and nuts, avocado, peanut butter, vegetable oil (i.e. olive, canola, peanut oil), and fatty fish.
- Cholesterol comes from animal sources. Common sources of cholesterol include: meat, cheese, butter, eggs, and milk. I suggest consuming more lean sources of meat, consuming low-fat or fat-free milk and cheeses, and reducing the amount of butter you use.salt
- The biggest benefit of limiting your sodium intake cannot be seen or heard. It is one of the biggest contributors to high blood pressure and heart disease. By reducing the amount you consume, you are really helping your body’s chances of not developing these two potentially deadly conditions.
Do not completely eliminate a food group. The well known food group people eliminate is carbohydrates, but are you aware of the common side effects of eliminating carbohydrates? These include constipation, irritability, moodiness, and loss of energy. Any diet that encourages you to completely eliminate a food item is not taking your health into consideration.
There is no single easy way to achieve optimal health or make you lose weight. However, the information above will help you lay the foundation and provide you with the tools to being and eating healthy.
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