Everyone needs to eat. Food provides the body with the fuel it needs for energy and proper functioning, just like a car needs gas. And just like a car, the type of fuel you choose will either keep you running efficiently, or make you break down. To keep your body performing at its best, you need to focus on the best, most nutritious foods to eat. Read further for ways to incorporate good nutrition into your life.
Eating a nutritious diet needs a strong commitment. It’s not about eating one healthy meal per day and whatever you wish at your other meals. It is a commitment to a lifetime of health and happiness with a fit body to serve you. So, review your reasons for wanting to improve your diet and nutrition. This should motivate you to begin eating well!
First, you need to find out what your body needs to be healthy. The best way to do this is to consult your physician, have a comprehensive physical exam and ask him to recommend a food plan containing all the nutrients your body needs. You need not follow a weight-loss regimen if you don’t need to lose weight. Eating a nutritious diet should keep you within normal weight ranges.
Be sure you always eat breakfast. It really is the most important meal if you want to start the day right. High-protein foods are best, as they provide the energy you need to last through to lunchtime. Examples of good breakfast foods include: eggs or egg substitutes, lean ham, chicken, vegetables and fruit. Ideally, you can put everything you need into an omelette and add some salsa to get your engine running. Poor choices are pastries and sugary cereals, as they provide only empty calories, and little or no nutritional value.
As far as sugar goes, avoid it! There is no nutritional value in sugar and it paves the way for weight gain and other medical problems. If you crave sugar, your wish for it will usually disappear after a week or so, making it much easier to eliminate.
High-calorie drinks are something we all love, but don’t often consider when it comes to nutrition. The obvious culprits are sugary sodas, alcoholic drinks and high-fat milk. But, there are many unhealthy drinks that pack a high-calorie punch and should be avoided too. These include fruit juices, smoothies made from sugary bases, and even those expensive coffees and mochas that are so popular. So, stick to water, iced tea and sugar-free sodas to eliminate extra calories and sugar.
Lowering your carbohydrate intake is simple. Remember that anything white, such as flour, rice and sugar are poor carb choices. White grains have been stripped of their natural outer shell where all the nutrients are. Instead, opt for whole grain breads and pastas, brown rice, beans and legumes. Carbs don’t have to be bad!
Allow yourself to splurge once in a while. Of course, you don’t want to eat half a chocolate cake, but choose something you really love and incorporate it into a celebration or date-night to keep it special. Eating well does not mean you can’t enjoy a treat now and then.
Finally, look around for other people who are interested in better nutrition. Get your family on board, or look for co-workers and friends who can offer support and gain support from you as well. Goals are easier to reach when you work together instead of alone! Share recipes, knowledge and ideas. Organize physical activities that others can take part in. A nutritious diet will get you in better shape to enjoy life!
As you can see, trading an unhealthy diet for better nutrition can be a painless endeavor. All you need is some knowledge, creativity and motivation to add health and vitality to your life. There’s no time like now to start your journey toward a long, happy life!