How to Become A Healthy Eater?
Being a healthy eater requires you to become both educated and smart about what healthy eating is. Being food smart isn’t about learning to calculate grams or fat, or is it about studying labels and counting calories.
Healthy eating is all about balanced and moderate eating, consisting of healthy meals at least three times per day. Healthy eaters eat many different types of foods, not limiting themselves to one specific food type or food group.
Eating healthy requires quite a bit of leeway. You might eat too much or not enough, consume foods that are sometimes more or less nutritious.
However, you should always fuel your body and your brain regularly with enough food to keep both your mind and body strong and alert.
A healthy eater is a good problem solver. Healthy eaters have learned to take care of themselves and their eating with sound judgment and making wise decisions. Healthy eaters are always aware of what they eat and know the effect that it will have on their bodies.
When we are unable to take control of our eating, we are also likely to get out of control with other aspects of life as well. We easily could end up spending too much, talking too much, even going to bed later and later.
You should always remember that restricting food in any way is always a bad thing. Healthy eating is a way of life, something that you can do to enhance your body or your lifestyle.
If you’ve thought about making your life better, healthy eating is just the place to start.
You’ll make life easier for yourself, those around you, and even your family.
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Changing How You Eat
As you may know, not fueling up with the right nutrients can affect how well your body performs and your overall fitness benefits. Even though healthy eating is important, there are myths that hinder your performance if you listen to them.
Below, you’ll find some myth busters for healthy eating.
1. Working out on an empty stomach.
If you hear a rumbling noise in your stomach, the rumbling is trying to tell you something. Without listening to them, you are forcing your body to
run without any fuel. Before you exercise or do any physical activity, always eat a light snack such as an apple or banana.
2. Relying on energy bars and drinks.
Although they are fine every once in a while, they don’t deliver the antioxidants you need to prevent cancer. Fruits and vegetables are your best bets, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fluid,
4. Low carb diets.
Your body needs carbohydrates for your muscles and the storing of energy.
5. Eating what you want.
Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t give you an all-access pass to eat anything you want. Everyone needs the same nutrients whether they exercise or not, as well as fruits and vegetables, healthy meals made simple.
6. Not enough calories
Although losing weight involves calories, losing it too quickly is never safe. What you should do, is the aim for 1 – 2 pounds a week. Always make sure that you are getting enough calories to keep your body operating smoothly. If you start dropping weight too fast, eat a bit more food.
7. Skip soda and alcohol.
Water, milk, and juice are the best to drink for active people. You should drink often, and not require thirst to be an indicator. By the time you get thirsty, your body is already running a bit too low.
Changing how you eat is always a significant step towards healthy eating, and it will affect how your body performs. The healthier you eat, you better you’ll feel. No matter how old you may be, healthy eating is something you should strive for. Once you give it a chance, you’ll see in no time at
all just how much it can change your life – for the better.
Simple Cooking Strategies to Improve Your Health
Cooking is a skill that is passed on from generation to generation. Unfortunately, many of those cooking approaches aren’t always in line with what we know now about eating more healthfully. Here are some simple strategies you can apply to your favorite meals to give them a healthier twist.
- Invest in some quality non-stick cookware. When you use quality non-stick surfaces, you can greatly reduce or even eliminate the oil required for cooking. For example, with a good non-stick griddle, no oil is necessary when making pancakes. Not only is that healthier, but pancakes without the grease taste so much better.
- Do less frying and more baking, steaming, poaching and grilling. Instead of fried chicken, coat and bake it instead. Instead of French fries, slice some potatoes; place them on a baking sheet and bake until golden.
- Choose leaner cuts of meat and trim the fat before cooking. If you’re cooking with chicken, consider removing the skin first. Because this can dry out the chicken, you can cook with the skin on, but remove it before serving. However, realize that cooking with the skin on increases the fat and cholesterol of your finished product.
- Go meatless at least once a week. Not every meal needs to have meat. Try beans, tofu or just a nice meatless pasta. Very few meat-eating Americans are at risk of protein deficiency, so don’t worry about missing protein in a single meal.
- If you can’t go whitout meat, eat fish at least once a week. Fish is a high-quality protein that is generally low in fat. Many fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of minerals, making them a healthy choice that promotes heart health.
- Reduce the refined ingredients you cook with. Choose whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose white flour. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of canned. Instead of refined sugars like white sugar and corn syrup, choose sweeteners like unrefined honey or maple syrup.
- Cooking sprays are often touted as a healthy alternative to cooking with oils, but aerosol cans are probably not your healthiest choice. You can purchase spray pumps specifically for oil and use that instead.
- Instead of reaching for the butter or other unhealthy flavorings, experiment with herbs, spices, and other flavors.
- Herbs and spices have vitamins, minerals and some even have antioxidants. Plus, they are fat-free and a healthy way to add a little something to your favorite foods.
- Avoid canned and other prepared ingredients in your food. Use fresh wherever possible.
If this list is full of changes you need to be making in your cooking, take it one step at a time.
Don’t forget; the most important thing is to commit yourself to eat healthier and as clean as possible.
Choose one tip and make it a goal each week. Every little step toward healthier cooking and eating counts.
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