Taking a step into the healthy and complex land of proper nutrition for the very first time, might feel a tad bit intimidating, but by keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself enjoying the benefits of eating a healthier diet and improving the quality of your life.
Most people think all fats should be avoided, but the body actually requires a healthy fat intake to thrive. While it’s true that greasy, fried foods generally are not very healthy, plenty of fatty foods are quite nutritious. Nuts are a scrumptious snack that is filling due to its fat content, but much healthier than potato chips or sweets.
To help maintain a healthy lifestyle, try to increase your consumption of vegetables. Baby carrots are a quick snack and a great source of both vitamin A and C. Fresh vegetables are best, but frozen veggies hold their nutritional values better than canned. Salads are a quick and tasty way to get healthy greens, but don’t go overboard on the dressing.
Dairy products give us calcium and protein. But some people find cow’s milk indigestible. For them there are alternatives: lactaid milk, goat’s milk, and soy or rice ‘milk.’ Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream and yogurt are especially high in nutrients and more digestible than milk.
Try eating many different types of food that are rich in nutrients. Your body needs about forty nutrients to stay healthy. You should realize that no single food has all of these forty nutrients in it, so you should try eating a variety of different foods to keep your body in balance.
Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you can improve your nutritional profile by having a vegetarian meal 2-3 times per week. It will cut down on your fat consumption and may cost less than a meal involving meat products.
If you have bought one of the new special peanut butters with extra omega-3s added in order to improve your nutrition, be aware that you’ve mostly bought a marketing ploy. Though many foods are fortified in a way that makes a real difference nutritionally, the amount of omega-3s added to this special (and expensive) peanut butter is so small that you would have to eat 8 sandwiches’ worth (16 tablespoons) to get as much omega-3 as in a four-ounce serving of salmon.
Try to include variety in your diet with whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, fish, nuts and various fruits and vegetables. By choosing a variety of foods, you will receive the nutrients you need.
Meat is a very important source of protein nutrition. Leans meats can make you feel fuller longer, offer your body a fuel source, and help you reduce weight gain. You should avoid fatty meats or meat that is deep fried. This can actually add more unneeded calories into your diet.
When buying a bagel from a bakery, beware of portion sizes. Most bakeries will give you a bagel that is actually two or more servings of bread. If you enjoy bagels from a bakery, consider splitting the bagel with someone. You can buy a bagel before you go to work and give half to a coworker. This can be a nice gesture and a way to control your portion sizes.
Be aware that your parents may have taught you bad dietary habits. Many people enjoy their soul food or cultural menus, but neglect to realize that these foods may be rich in fats, oils, and empty calories. Review your recipes and try to remove excess oil, butter, frying, and the like. You will improve your diet while retaining your heritage.
If you are one of those people that is on the go and do not have a lot of time to devote to cooking, take one day out of your schedule and prepare a lot of healthy meals that can be frozen. This will dramatically cut down on the amount of take-out food you eat for convenience purposes.
Avoid foods that contain monosodium glutamate. Commonly known as “MSG”, this is a food additive used by many restaurants and food manufacturers to enhance the flavor of food. It adds no nutritional value. Many people experience adverse symptoms like headaches, nausea, and heart palpitations after consuming foods with MSG. To avoid possible reaction, you should avoid foods containing MSG altogether.
To get a proper healthy nutrition you should make sure every meal you eat is balanced. Do not over-indulge any one food group at any one sitting. Putting all of your food groups together on one plate encourages you to maintain a balanced diet through sheer force of habit. You will find this a lot easier than trying to eat an all-vegetable dinner to make up for a vegetable-free day.
So, after reading and applying the helpful tips listed above, you should feel a bit more at ease when it comes to proper nutrition. You have the information and now it’s time to use it. You should feel empowered and ready to begin improving your daily diet, so that you can start living a better life.