Have you heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” Those words are full of truth. Proper nutrition is essential! What you put in your body will determine how you look and feel, and can either help or hurt you. Do you want to know what your body needs or how to make your self healthier inside and out? Read the following article for helpful suggestions to do just that:
When shopping for food, try to stick to the perimeter; or around the edges of the store. This is usually where the fresh produce is, as well as the meats and dairy products. These are the things to stick to in a healthy diet. By sticking to the perimeter, you’ll only buy things that support a healthy diet.
Try to have protein from many distinct sources within each week. Choose skinless poultry, fish and lean meats. Eat a lot of eggs as well. Studies have shown that a single egg eaten daily does no harm. Try going a whole day without eating any meat once a week. On your designated day, get your fix with peas, beans, low-sodium, reduced calorie peanut butter and unsalted nuts.
Ensure you get at least 8 ounces of protein each day. This can help you reach your daily protein and iron requirements. There are some meats that are especially good for protein and iron, including bison, venison and other lean cuts of meat.
Consume less salt. Most fast foods and junk foods have a lot of salt in them. If you reduce your salt in your foods everyday, you might increase your awareness of the salty taste. Unhealthy foods will start to taste more salty. Your cravings are sure to decrease.
You may have heard a lot lately about the cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Studies show they are a highly desirable addition to your diet. They reduce toxins in the intestinal tract and help prevent cancer–especially colon cancer. Their only downside is their high sulfur content, which disagrees with some peoples’ digestion.
Sometimes people fail when trying to lose weight because they allow themselves to get so busy, and don’t have the time or energy to cook anything. Make an emergency kit for times like these that is filled with healthy foods like nuts, fruits and veggies. Take that with you wherever you go, and if you are hungry you will have something to eat that does not include a drive through and extra pounds.
Add the natural nutrient inulin to your meals. The primary sources are leeks, garlic, and artichokes. It is a powerful carbohydrate and not only will it help you shed pounds, it can help prevent digestive problems. Your immune system also will benefit from garlic. Blanch the garlic if the odor is a problem, or take garlic in a supplement without odor.
Diabetic individuals face many nutritional challenges. Eating small frequent meals throughout the day can help keep blood sugar levels steady. Stay away from high fat dairy products and choose low fat dairy, whole grains vegetables and fruits. They should also ensure they’re eating at about the same time each day.
Going out to eat, but mindful of nutrition? If you’re in the mood to order something high in calories and fat, ask your waiter to divide your meal in half in the kitchen. Your waiter can put half of your meal in a “to go” container, and only bring the other half on your plate. This will help you keep yourself on track with your consumption of calories and fat. It will also let you enjoy some of the good things you love. And you’ll get to enjoy it again, for leftover!
As you can see, what you put into your body has a huge impact on how you feel and look! By following the above suggestions you will be healthier you. Remember, proper nutrition is essential! After all, “You are what you eat!”