One way to stay healthy is by healthy eating. Eating healthy doesn’t mean a diet or a struggle is in the future. Eating healthy can be achieved in just a few small steps and with little stress. If you’re looking to become healthier here are 10 tips to help meet that goal.
Read Labels and stay informed of ingredients that can be harmful. If reading food labels feels difficult visit the FDA link at the end of this article – here consumers learn how to find nutritional facts on food labels. Reading labels will help control the intake of items such as sodium, vitamins and calories. Food labels also give a consumer the actual breakdown of fats in foods.
Avoid fad diets when trying to lose weight and eat healthy. Fad diets are not just harmful to health. Healthy food makes the human body strong and by living a healthy life and eating a healthy diet proper weight is easy to support.
Visit a dietician to make a personalized plan for healthy eating. Dietician’s are trained in what foods are nutritious and needed to keep the human body healthy and free of diseases like diabetes 2, heart disease, and obesity. It is important to visit your healthcare professional because many health problems mean certain foods are not good for some people, even if they are healthy foods. For example diabetes 2 means that a person with this disease should avoid large amounts of carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes etc.
Use fresh ingredients when preparing meals. Fresh ingredients have less preservatives and added sugars and salts. Keep in mind that it is not clear if organic and non-organic fresh foods make a large difference in our health. If possible however, avoid foods that have been sprayed with insecticides and make sure to wash all fresh foods before eating or using in recipes.
Add fiber to your diet. Fiber helps to keep the digestive tract healthy and functioning properly. By adding grains, fruits and vegetables to your healthy diet it will not be necessary to add a fiber substitute. Harvard School of Public Health suggests that 20 grams of fiber a day is good for most adult women and adult men should try to eat 30 grams of fiber per day. HSPH also suggests that eating fiber helps lower the risk of diverticulitis, diabetes, heart disease to name a few.
If eating fresh vegetables or fruits is something you just cannot do try a fruit or vegetable replacement. Items such as V-fusion, Fruit 4 you, V-8 and other drinks can help one get their daily dose of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to read the label for high sodium or fats and if the range is too high avoid drinking these substitutes and find fresh vegetables and fruits that can be eaten even if you don’t really care for them.
Avoid eating in restaurants or fast food joints. If eating at a restaurant cannot be avoided then ask questions of the waiters. Find out what kinds of oil is used in preparation, if there is added salts or other ingredients when preparing the foods. Don’t be afraid to ask that the food preparation be changed to meet your dietary needs.
A good multi-vitamin is something everyone should take. There is no vitamin on the market that is the best. Just read labels and make sure that the vitamin includes the daily recommendations. Vitamins and supplements can get expensive to buy to compare prices.
Use a smaller plate when eating at home. It has been discovered that our dinner plates have grown from 9 inches to 12 inches in size. Go back to using a 9-inch plate the illusion if the plate being full with less food is the idea here. Be sure to only fill your plate one time; do not take seconds, as this will defeat the purpose of a smaller plate. By cutting back on the amount of foods you consume and making those food selections healthy then good health is just a few steps ahead of you.
Change cooking methods to cut down on calories for healthier food on the table. Eating healthy means having the foods you do eat be prepared in a healthier fashion. Broil meats and fish instead of frying. If frying is needed use light virgin olive oil or canola oil change the way you cook eggs by poaching or hard-boiling them. Lower calories doesn’t mean less flavor, use Mrs. Dash for seasoning instead of salt.