Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially when there are so many conflicting reports of what to eat and what to avoid. There are some rules of thumb that always apply to maintaining a healthy diet.
1. Eat breakfast. A hearty breakfast not only gives you much needed energy in the morning, it revs your metabolism – needed to burn calories throughout the day.
2. Get those five servings of fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables have vital vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your body functioning properly. Plus, there is much research indicating that these servings stave off illness and prevent such diseases as cancer. To stay full longer, fill up on high fiber vegetables, like carrots, broccoli, and chick peas.
3. Exercise. By staying active, you further rev your metabolism and are less likely to indulge on unhealthy food.
4. Avoid fried foods. Opt for baked or broiled meals, especially when dining out. Avoid fast food all together.
5. Carbs are not your enemy. Enjoy pasta and breads, but choose whole grains and whole wheat, which have more fiber and minerals.
6. Drink plenty of water. Your body needs fluids, and there’s nothing better than good ole water.
7. Eat fish. Fish, especially salmon and shrimp, are high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
8. Keep healthy snacks on hand. Fiber rich snacks, like frozen grapes, plain popcorn, nuts, and carrot sticks are perfect to keep you full between meals. Avoid processed foods with little nutritional value, such as donuts (as good as they are), pretzels, cookies, and candies.
9. Do not follow celebrity diet trends. There is no miracle pill. No get fit quick trick, as much as we all hope and pray for one. Celebs still try strange ways to lose weight. Not only are these celeb diets unhealthy – some are downright dangerous. Some of the strangest are Reese Witherspoon’s baby food diet – baby food was made for babies, not grownups and Madonna’s “Air Diet” – you can hold food, just don’t eat any of it.
Developing these key habits can make eating healthy on a daily basis pretty easy. As long as you maintain a healthy diet, additional supplements and multi-vitamins are not necessary, unless ordered by your physician. Check with your doctor before taking any supplement, as many interfere with certain medications.
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