Eating healthy and staying that way can be a bit of a challenge especially if you are a beginner. The following are some tips that I’ve learned along the way in my journey to better health. I hope you will find these helpful.
Drink More Water
It is important to keep your body hydrated. So be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of spring of mineral water. Eat lots of water rich fruits and vegetables as they are a good source of hydration because the water in plant cells are better absorbed by the body. Your body is 70% water so drinking more will help flush toxins from the body.
Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals throws off your metabolism aiding in fat and weight gain. Always eat when you are hungry especially breakfast. Studies show that eating a complete breakfast with essential healthy nutrients helps you concentrate regulates your blood sugar, giving you energy throughout the day. Don’t be fooled to thinking that by not eating you are losing weight because your body will actually hold on to the fat as storage instead of eliminating it.
Don’t Eat Fried Foods
Bake, broil, or grill foods and make sure your meats don’t burn. Burning meat and oils cooked at extreme high temperatures creates trans-fat which in turn leads to higher cholesterol and increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
Avoid Crash Diets
Put simply diets don’t work as most people gain the weight right back. All of these diet crazes can actually damage your health and good looks. Instead focus on maintain healthy eating as a lifestyle. I follow the 80/20 rule. Eat good whole foods at least 80% or more of the time, while occasionally allowing for snacks or sweet treat meals.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibers to help support all functions of the body. Colorful fruits and veggies provide more antioxidants than pale-colored ones. Try to eat at least two different vegetables with lunch and dinner every day.
Stay away from Hydrogenated Fats
Hydrogenated fats may increase free radicals in the body. Instead add healthy oils rich in anti-inflammatory omega-6 essential fatty acids to your diet and eliminate all processed fats and oils from your meals. Good options for cooking are olive oil, grapeseed, and coconut oil as a replacement for butter.
Eat More Fiber
Roughage from fiber rich foods is crucial for healthy complexion and a flat tummy. Fiber binds to toxins and helps eliminate them from the body before they can harm your vital organs. This also takes the stress off your liver which is the main organ for detoxification. Try adding food like oatmeal, dried beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, artichokes, apples, oranges and whole grains.
Cut down on Sugar
Sugar speeds up the aging process and also leads to more fat storage and weight gain. Replace sugar with stevia or raw honey. Replace simple carbs with complex carbs. Beware of “diet drinks” as they are not a healthy option either. They are loaded with artificial sweeteners that can disrupt your health. Dilute fruit juices as well as they can contain added sugars.
Avoid heavily Processed foods
Foods that say “enriched”, most frozen, canned, or boxed foods. These are filled with stabilizers, preservatives, and other synthetic junk. The damage it does on your healthy and weight are enormous. A good rule is to eat less of anything with a “shelf life”. Even though they can last longer on the shelf doesn’t mean that they are beneficial to your body.
Don’t Get Discouraged
It can be a little intimidating to change your eating habits so don’t feel like you have to make this change overnight. Start by slowly eliminating the bad food from your diet and replacing them with beneficial options. Be kind to yourself. Eating healthy will not become a habit if you look at it as a burden. Your body will thank you!
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