Our ancestors knew what they were talking about when they said, “You are what you eat.” The food we eat every day makes a big difference to our overall health, well being, and longevity. While it is good to take a multivitamin as a daily supplement, it’s not good to depend upon this entirely for correct nutrition. It’s very important to get good nutrition from the food we eat because nutrition that comes directly from food is better absorbed and utilized by the body. Here are some helpful tips to set you on the right track to eating well for overall good health and well being.
At the outset, you may think that it’s too expensive or too much trouble to eat a healthy diet. Take a few moments to think about it, though. Whole, natural healthful foods are more filling and satisfying than unnatural, processed foods. Once you’ve established a healthy diet, you’ll find that you’re actually spending less on foods; even though, the foods you buy may cost more per unit. You will naturally be eating less because your foods will be more satisfying. Additionally, as you become healthier and healthier, you will save money on things like insurance and visits to your doctor. So all in all healthy eating is quite economical.
Eating a healthy whole foods diet is simple. You will want to eat foods in the most natural state possible. Everything that you eat should be as close to farm fresh as you can possibly get it. If you can grow your own food, that’s much better; however, if you can’t, just do the best you can. Make half your diet a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. A quarter of your diet should be whole grains and the remaining quarter when the protein sources.
To eat a nutritious diet, you should avoid anything and everything artificial. Avoid sodas, prepackaged foods, artificial sweeteners and any other ingredient that is not actually food. This is a very easy rule to follow. Simply read the labels. If you don’t recognize the ingredients, they probably are not food!
When you follow a natural and easy whole foods diet, you will reap many benefits. Within a month your health will improve greatly. You’ll have more energy! If you need to lose weight, you will begin losing it easily and consistently. Conversely, if you need to gain weight, you will gain. In the long term, you will suffer fewer common illnesses such as the common cold or flu. You will avoid problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, diverticulitis, colon cancer, acne, arthritis and most of the maladies that we have come to accept as normal in society today.
The fact of the matter is, when you eat only healthy natural foods, and drink only pure, filtered water or natural juices, herbal teas and other natural beverages, you will look and feel much better quite soon! You will make better use of the money you spend on food and health care. Follow the simple tips presented here to improve the quality of your life and live longer by enjoying good, natural nutrition from the foods you eat.