Doing what is right for your body in terms of nutrition is probably one of the most prudent decisions you can make. Unfortunately, it does not come very easily. With so many options, and so much misinformation out there, it can be quite the challenge. This article will seek to facilitate that challenge.
Nuts are an overlooked diet food that any dieter should take advantage of. High in protein and low in calories and saturated fats, nuts are an excellent replacement for meat when you need a protein boost. Almonds are the best, providing lots of protein without the burden of high amounts of fat.
When you are on a diet, remember that healthy eating starts with what you buy. Your cart at the grocery store should be balanced the same way you balance your meals. This means making about half your purchases in produce, a quarter in grains, and the final quarter in lean protein sources. This way, the healthy options are always available when you get hungry.
Suppose you are deciding whether to eat meat or not. There are two types of considerations. One is whether meat is “clean” food. Is it raised on a “factory farm” under toxic conditions? Is it loaded with hormones, nitrites and nitrates? If so, it is not a healthy food. The other consideration is ethical; this is a more complicated and individual decision.
In the grocery store, shop the outer areas and try to avoid the inner aisles. The outer walls of the grocery store is where the good stuff is. Fruits and veggies, fresh meat, fish, bread and dairy are all usually located on the outer aisles and areas. The inner aisles are usually full of preprocessed foods that can tempt you off course like cookies, chips, pastas, and others. Stay away from them to keep your shopping in line.
Help to ensure that your children are getting the proper nutrition they need on a daily basis by packing healthy lunches for them to take to school. When making sandwiches, avoid high-fat deli meats, such as ham, bologna and salami, and opt for low-fat turkey, chicken or even lean roast beef. Use whole grain bread and light mayonnaise. Egg salad, tuna fish and an occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwich provide some variety. While fresh fruit is convenient and nutritional, switch up the usual apples, oranges and bananas from time to time with dried fruit mixes, granola bars, nuts, yogurt, or carrot and celery sticks with a low-fat dip. Water, low-fat or skim milk, 100% fruit juices and low-sodium vegetable juice all make healthy beverage choices. You can even surprise your children now and again with a homemade chocolate chip cookie for dessert!
Organic food is much in the news these days and many of us are paying attention, as we should. Eating organically grown foods maximizes the nutrients we receive. One reason is that the soil on an organic farm is richer in the nutrients we need, which then imparts these nutrients into the food that we eat.
When you are trying to stay healthy, you should look at the possibility of taking vitamin B12. This vitamin can help your nerve cells, as well as, blood cells. Vitamin B12 is primarily found in meat and fish or you can go to your local pharmacy and pick up the vitamin in pill form.
Don’t eat too many salty foods such as preserved meats, BBQ sauce, crisps, dips and processed cheese. Salt is popular with food manufacturers because it can enhance flavors and preserve food, however, diets high in salt can cause high blood pressure, dehydration and bloating. Remember, the RDI for sodium is 2300mg, about 6 teaspoons of salt.
To stay healthy while dieting, choose low calorie but nutrient rich foods. Grapefruit, asparagus, and cantaloupe contain very few calories, but provide your body with many essential vitamins. You should also look for low calorie foods that are high in protein, such as salmon and kidney beans. These will give you the energy you need to get through the day.
When you go grocery shopping, be sure to make a list ahead of time and try setting a time limit for your shopping. If you have a list, you are less likely to purchase items that are unhealthy for you. When you set a time limit, this can prevent you from going into parts of the store that has processed food.
Taking time to sit down and enjoy your meals, whether alone at home or with your friends and family, has definite psychological and nutritional benefits! Forcing yourself to slowly chew every bite aids in digestion and also allows the body to extract and process the nutrients found in the food.
Always try and choose a whole wheat option with your food. Whole wheat can reduce heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases. Don’t bye white bread, it has none of these benefits, and will increase your waist line. Try purchasing rye bread, or whole wheat instead. Also try a brown rice instead of white.
Eating spicy food is an excellent choice. Hot foods that are made with curry or chilies help to trigger endorphins. That is what makes people feel good and balanced. A release of these hormones will give you a little pick me up if you are feeling sad or depressed.
Always try to have sugarless chewing gum on hand since chewing that can help satisfy sweet cravings and general food cravings. When you get hungry, popping a piece of gum in your mouth actually seems to take the food cravings from you right away and you can wait to eat until it is time for your next meal.
If you have already decided to eat right and treat your body right, you are half way home. Reading this article just brought you one step further. If you can consistently apply the advice obtained in this article you should be well on your way to a newer, healthier version of you.