We all want our bodies to function properly and reap the benefits that this brings. Just as anything else in life it takes work to be successful. No matter what your age, good health doesn't just happen, it takes some discipline and perhaps change. Children and teenagers tend to eat what tastes good, not necessarily what is good for them, and that is why it is important for young people to consider their eating habits and begin to develop a lifestyle of healthy foods. The nutrients needed while our bodies are maturing are vital to the outcome of enjoying not only our youth but also in our middle and latter years.
I think we all know we need to eat our fruits and vegetables and stay away from processed food and this is not about what foods you should or should not eat, but I thought about some bad habits that we sometimes fall into so here a few reminders or maybe some new things to consider when it comes to eating, especially when we eat out.
Add variety to your diet and especially the way you cook vegetables. Variety is the spice of life and many people don't eat a balanced diet. Forty percent of Americans don't eat fruit daily, and 30 percent don't consume any dairy or soy products regularly. On average, Americans get less than half of the 25-30 grams of fiber they need a day. Eating a diverse diet that is low in calories and high in nutrients decreases aging from arterial and immune dysfunction. It's important to eat from the five food groups and discovering ways to add variety to your meals, especially vegetables.
Be the CEO every time you eat out, don't pay for something that ages you. Learn to ask questions of your server-staff. If you are unfamiliar with the dish, ask about the size of the portion, how it's prepared, if white rolls are served, can you substitute, etc. Remember, restaurants want repeat clientele and be sure to give your server a nice tip for making sure your requests are taken care of.
Keep your portions energy-giving, not energy-sapping. A good rule-of-thumb is to eat until satisfied. Restaurants differ with portion size, so if your order portion is to much for you, don't be embarrassed to ask for a to-go container. There is no need to stuff yourself. Your body spends a lot of energy on the digestive process, that is why when we eat to much, we will eventually become tired. Also, be aware of the time of day of your meal when looking at the menu. Carbs are okay for breakfast and lunch but reduce your carb intake the later it gets in the day.
Stop eating as soon as you start to feel full. This cannot be emphasized enough. Because your stomach is roughly the size of a fist, eating meals larger than your fist can stretch your stomach beyond what's comfortable or healthy. This is why both weight-loss and weight-gain programs include reasonable portions a few times a day. The type of food may vary, but not the frequency. Try eating a little healthy fat first before the meal with a pause before the rest of the meal. Remember, keep your eyes as big as your stomach at a buffet!
Don't eat absentmindedly. Eating can be an unconscious act. We lift the fork, swallow absentmindedly, and lift the fork again. Sometimes we overeat because we just aren't paying attention. Be actively conscious of what you're eating and why. Use all of your senses to enjoy the color, texture, smell, and flavor of your food. Not only will you enjoy your food more, but you'll also slow down your rate of consumption
Incorporate some form of exercise on consistent basis. A balance of cardio and resistance exercises is optimal. It's important to retain muscle mass and work the most important muscle, the heart. We all have different fitness levels so just start where your at. Go for a walk, ride a bike, go hiking, swimming, make it enjoyable as much as possible. Resistance training can be free weights or resistance bands, the important thing is to start if your not, or continue if you are. Exercise has so many benefits, so get off that couch.
Be a savvy snacker. Think nutrient rich and calorie lean. This may involve a taste-buds makeover. Nutritious food, or empty food, it's your choice. You will find the more active you are, the craving for junk food will fall the wayside and you will want something with some 'something' in it for you.
Avoid simple carbohydrates and simple sugars. Carbohydrates were meant to be complex, and simple sugars in food are absorbed quickly in the intestine and increase the amount of sugar in the blood for at least one to two hours, which is not good. Avoid foods that are laden with carbohydrates from brown sugar, corn sweetener, dextrose, fructose (high fructose corn sweetener), glucose, corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lacrose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, syrup, and table sugar.
Drink lots of water. Water, water, and yes, water. I am a huge proponent of making sure I drink lots of water. Fresh juices also.
Take the right vitamin/mineral supplements. Find out which ones are right for you and be
Remember, eat to live, not live to eat
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