Health benefits/your diet, your health/ Raising Healthy Eaters
by Nadia Ortiz
Eating healthy isn’t always easy, but committing to a healthy diet can be one of the smartest decisions you ever make. Not only can eating well make you look good, but it can make you feel good. I know committing to something can be very hard, but think about your future and how you want it to look. Also, eating healthy around your family can get their attention and make them think about eating healthy too. Don’t wait until the last minute for something bad to happen to your health, start now.
A simple way to start would be to never count calories, count ingredients. Include some protein, carbohydrate, and fat at every meal, but only focus on eating healthy fats like olive oil and those found in nuts and fatty fish. If sugar is an ingredient in anything you are making, make sure it is a low amount and the less you have, the better. Make sure to choose whole grains over refined ones. Also, drink coffee and black tea, without sugar or cream. Remember to always stay hydrated because this will help you reduce cravings and feel fuller. Try not to skip meals and eat around the same time each day. Lastly, get active just increasing physical activity by a little bit may encourage you to eat better. As a result, regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and can reduce the risk of illnesses such as type II diabetes or heart disease.
Eating rich foods such as vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet and may protect against certain types of cancers. Eating vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food, supports lower calorie intake. Just to make it a little bit easier on yourself, prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food. Make the right types of changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing Trans fats with healthy fats such as switching fried chicken for grilled fish, will make a positive difference to your general health.
Another important point is to simplify your program; instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients. Always read labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food because manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even foods that claim to be healthy. Focus on how you feel after eating. This will help you foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy. Remember, eating habits don’t have to change all at once. You can gradually get rid of unhealthy foods if you set your mind to it.