Everywhere you can read so many advises on how to eat, what to eat, what is healthy and what is not. With all these advises that are surrounding you, it’s inevitable that you end up confused and ready to give up.
Many people are interested to learn how to eat healthy, but sometimes too many different information can be confusing.
However, when it comes to eating healthy, sometimes we need to take a step back from the diet books, trends and just keep some basic principles in mind. We also need to remember why eating healthy is important in the first place.
Why Healthy Diet Is So Important
A healthy diet is so important because:
- you’ll have better quality of life
- you’ll have a longer life
- you’ll have less risk of diseases
- you’ll have better focus
- you’ll have a healthier heart
- you’ll have better digestion
- you’ll have healthy weight to maintain
However, the term healthy eating means many different things for everyone. One diet plan is not suitable for everybody. Each diet plan should be adjusted based on your overall health.
But, before you even kick start your diet, you MUST consult a physician first. No one wants side effects from dieting on your own.
Here are some amazing tips on how you can eat healthy that I practice myself on a daily basis.
Start each morning with freshness. Eat a fruit or make some juice or a smoothie. Remember, fresh foods should be part of every single meal you eat. Going through the day only with diet bars, fast food, shakes and caffeine can only produce nutritional deficiencies in your system.
Also remember that vegetables and fruits contain more vitamins and minerals than artificial food. They will also hydrate your body throughout the day, and will maintain your waist line in a good proportion.
Hungry Or Not?
If you’re hungry, eat. If you are not – then don’t. If you’re not hungry when you wake up, wait until your body tells you it’s ready to eat. Have lunch when your body tells you when.
When it is time for a meal, try filling your plate with fresh foods and listen to your body’s hunger signals. This is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy mindset with a food.
Listen to your body. It is telling you everything it needs. Observe.
Packaged diet foods are not the key of healthy living and healthy eating. Calories do matter and just because quality calories are better than processed calories, it doesn’t mean you can overeat and stuff yourself.
However, food is so much more than calories. It is 100 times better to eat 100 calories from fresh foods and good sources of protein, than to eat a 100 calorie quick packed snack for lunch.
Give your body some real food. Learn to view on food as more than calories digested. If you’re listening to your hunger signals, you will never ever have weight problems.
The Importance Of Blood Sugar Levels
Refined carbohydrates can rise blood sugar levels and lead to health issues like diabetes Type 2 or a weight gain. By taking each meal, always keep your blood sugar levels in mind.
Insulin is in it’s peak when we eat, and to keep it working properly, we need a balanced intake of lean protein, fiber, and some healthy fats.
If you are not allergic to grains, always go for whole grains like – oats or quinoa for optimal blood sugar levels.They dissolve more slowly than processed carbs (like white bread or cereal).
Your blood sugar can make your health, or it can break your health. Remember that!
There are so many written articles for all varieties of sugar, that awareness of it has risen up to a certain level. Many people used to believe that sugar is harmless.
Refined sugar usually leads to overeating. Have you noticed how you feel more hungry when eating simple carbs? They can also age the skin and trigger overeating and more sugar cravings.
This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your birthday cake, it just means that sugar all forms should not be a part of your healthy eating routine.
Natural sugars from fruit are fine if you consume them in moderation. But, if you need some sweetener for your coffee, tea or desserts, try stevia which is more natural and free of calories.
Good Fat Is A Necessity
Fat is not the enemy. We do need some sources of fat in our diets to thrive. Good fat can satiate the body, keep the hair and skin healthy.
It can also boost our mood and rise our energy levels. Consuming fat in proper amounts is OK. Good fat is a necessity for good overall body function.
Try adding a little fat to each meal and observe how you’ll feel. Healthy foods like wild salmon, eggs and avocado have healthy fats.
You can even find them in flax seeds, chia, hemp and a variety of nuts and seeds. See which ones work for you, and don’t fear of fat. It can be your friend – not your enemy!
Meals At No Time
There’s no need to spend hours and hours to prepare yourself a descent meal. Keep them simple. Try finding easy meal recipes (there are tons of them) that include lean protein, fresh produce (veggies, greens, and fruit), and healthy fats at each meal.
Try experimenting with whole grains and legumes if you are not allergic to them. You can always rotate your favorite meals throughout the week. Make your blender to be your best friend and all the kitchen appliances you have.
Real food can be simple, fun and quick to prepare. Don’t complicate things!
Fill Up The Fridge
Yes, but with healthy stuff. Focus on filling the fridge with fresh foods. Skip the cereal, bars, and all processed foods filled with sodium, processed fats, and added sugar.
Ready-made foods are not as nutritionally dense as fresh foods are, so attempt to quit reaching for them every time you’re hungry. Be mindful of the sodium, fat and sugar content in each one you buy. Some good options include mustard, hot sauce, no salt seasonings and apple cider vinegar.
In your pantry keep whole foods such as canned tomatoes, beans, lentils, whole grains, herbs and spices. Get rid of the chips, canned soups and sugary cereals.
You’ll feel so much better without them in your life!
Remember that processed foods are not the key of eating healthy. While they’re fine on some occasions, they are not a solution on a long-term health run!
Many of us will need more of certain foods, while others will need completely different diet menu. We are not all look alike. What is good for me – doesn’t mean it will be good for you.
Always keep that in mind. Choose real food. Find one that will suite your all your needs and see the difference!