It is not difficult to practice good nutrition if you follow the basic and simple guidelines. It can be hard to know what to do because there is so much information available. Here are some quick tips on what you should do to make being healthy a lifestyle.
Replace your white breads and pastas with whole-grain options. Whole wheat and grains have a lot more fiber and protein than refined wheat products. Whole grain fills you up and keeps cholesterol low. Make sure “whole” is an ingredient in the list. –Not a sentence.–
When selecting the best foods for a healthy diet, choose foods that are close to their untouched natural state. Fresh and raw foods lock in the nutrients so that they are not cooked away before the meal.
Ensure you’re consuming enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. The daily allowance recommended by the USDA for vegetables and fruits is between 9 and 13 servings daily. Although it sounds impossible, it is easy to consume that many servings. Drink a glass of orange juice for breakfast of add tomato sauce to your spaghetti.
People educated in good nutrition know that highly milled grains are not healthy. When these grains and flours are milled, the husk of the grain is removed, and many of the nutrients, vitamins and fiber are lost. It’s counterproductive to eliminate these nutrients from your food and then use additives or supplements to compensate. No, it doesn’t.
Do you desire to cut down on how much red meat you’re eating? Consider using meat as a side dish or condiment instead of a main dish. Meat can add texture and flavor to grain-based or vegetable dishes. The Chinese and Mediterranean people do this and that’s why they have a lot less problems with heart diseases.
If you want to shorten your recovery time from illnesses, consume foods rich in zinc. To avoid illnesses you can use zinc to help strengthen your immune system. Excellent zinc sources include pumpkin seeds, peaches, wheat germ, and strawberries. In addition, most of these foods also help fight free radicals.
For a healthy, quick, tasty snack, try pureeing some peaches, berries or pears. Pureeing these fruits results in a paste that makes a good topping or dip for many different foods, from chips to pretzels. Try this with different kinds of fruits and prepare a different snack each time to keep things interesting.
Nuts are nutritious and healthy if you eat them right. Almonds are really crunchy and taste good, but they also give your daily fiber intake a nice boost.
Be sure to avoid foods containing corn syrup if you are cutting down on your sugars. There are a lot of condiments and similar foods that contain corn syrup, so check every label.
Reading was the easy part! Putting into practice what you have learned will take a little more effort but be well worth the energy spent and even give you more energy in the long run. You have taken the initial steps necessary to begin positive changes in your consumption habits and once you put them into action you will be much happier and healthier for it!