Healthy eating is not about a strict diet it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood. It can get frustrating when you have experts telling you certain foods are good for you and then reading something else and seeing the complete opposite. Your healthy diet pattern should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Foods that are close to the way nature made it can make a BIG difference in the way you think, look, and feel. Eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated, by using these simple tips, you can learn how to create and stick to a tasty and nutritious diet that is as great for your mind as it is for your body.
What Is Healthy Eating?
We all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to have a healthy body. There is no need to eliminate certain foods from your diet but selecting the healthiest options from each category is best when trying to maintain a health diet.
Healthy Things Like:
Protein- Is having meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and soy products these deliver all the amino acids your body needs. That doesn’t mean you have to eat animal products to get the right amino acids. By eating a variety of plant-based foods you are also getting the protein and amino acids your body needs. Having protein gives you energy and will also improve your mood and boost your resistance to stress, anxiety, and depression.
Fat– Not all fats can be good for you, the healthy fats we need in are body are avocado, nuts, and vegetable oils, fatty fish, these foods are high in Monounsaturated fats and can help lower your cholesterol. Another healthy fat is Omega-3 fatty acids are found in plants like soybean oil, canola oil, walnuts, flaxseed, and Salmon. Bad fats are what you should stay away from which can be, processed foods, Snack foods, such as chips and crackers.
Fiber- Eating foods high in fiber like grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and beans can help you stay regular and lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also improve your skin and even help you to lose weight
Carbohydrates- Is one of your body’s main sources of energy. But most should come from these carbs (vegetables, whole grains, fruit) and not sugars that are unwanted carbs. Cutting back on white bread, pastries, starches, and sugar can prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar, change your mood and energy levels, and the buildup of fat, around your waistline.
How To start Healthy Eating
Preparing your own meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food. You will eat fewer calories and avoid unhealthy fats of packaged and takeout foods that can leave you feeling tired and bloated.
Making the right choices, when you are cutting back on the unhealthy foods it is a good idea to replace them with healthier choices like replacing that fried chicken for grilled or baked chicken or fish and eating plenty of vegetables. When you’re eating healthier your body will feel healthier.
Reading the labels on what your eating is always good so you can know if manufacturers are hiding unhealthy fats in the packaged foods and saying its healthy when it isn’t.
Drinking plenty of water to help you stay well hydrated, being dehydrated can cause tiredness, low energy, and headaches it can also be mistaken for hunger.
Eat breakfast can jump start your day and eat smaller meals throughout the day to help keep you energized.
Avoid eating late at night, eating about 3 or 4 hours before your going to go to bed, this gives your body enough time to digest your food and helps regulate weight.
I hope this blog is a good start on maintaining a healthy diet! Staying positive and motivated will keep you on the right track!