Although most people would like to eat healthier, few actually do it. You can do it, though. All you need are some good ideas to get you started, and here you’ll find many.
To avoid overworking your digestive track, try to avoid eating two hours before you go to bed. Your body needs this time to fully digest what you have consumed that entire day and by eating before bed, you are causing it to overwork. Give your body a break at night.
Nutritionists advise us against eating highly processed foods, and we should listen to them. But when we go to the grocery store, the shelves are loaded with highly processed foods. They are quick and easy to prepare. But we need to avoid them. Cooking from scratch pays off in the long run.
Help to ensure that your children are getting the proper nutrition they need on a daily basis by packing healthy lunches for them to take to school. When making sandwiches, avoid high-fat deli meats, such as ham, bologna and salami, and opt for low-fat turkey, chicken or even lean roast beef. Use whole grain bread and light mayonnaise. Egg salad, tuna fish and an occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwich provide some variety. While fresh fruit is convenient and nutritional, switch up the usual apples, oranges and bananas from time to time with dried fruit mixes, granola bars, nuts, yogurt, or carrot and celery sticks with a low-fat dip. Water, low-fat or skim milk, 100% fruit juices and low-sodium vegetable juice all make healthy beverage choices. You can even surprise your children now and again with a homemade chocolate chip cookie for dessert!
Buy frozen vegetables to use in your meals. While fresh vegetables are great they can spoil quickly and some have very short growing seasons. Frozen vegetables are processed immediately after picking and freezing them keeps their nutritive value intact. Since frozen vegetables are already washed and cut you can easily add them to recipes.
Include two servings of oily fish in your meals each week. The fish contains DHA, which may reduce Alzheimer’s and other memory related diseases. Usually people with high levels of DHA do better on memory related tasks and vocabulary tests, even as they age. Look for tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, and trout. Two 6 oz servings of fish are recommended for optimal nutrition.
To improve your diet, you may want to consider reducing the amount of meat and dairy you consume. You don’t have to go completely vegetarian, but try cutting out meat from one or two dinners per week at first. There are lots of tasty and nutritious alternatives to meat available at any grocery store.
Try to get more calcium and vitamin C into your body. Calcium helps your bones to become stronger and a you get older, bones tend to become more brittle. Calcium will help reverse that. Vitamin C can help fight off infections and colds by helping your white blood cells.
Another great tip for getting good nutrition is to calculate how many calories you are taking in every day. Get a pen and paper or use your computer to jot down all of the calorie information for each food item you plan to eat for the day. This will give you a sense of just how much food you are really eating, and it will allow you to set goals to better balance out your meals.
Make sure you’re eating a balanced meal. 15-20% should be protein, 30% should be fats, and 50-55% should be carbs. This ensures that your body is getting everything it needs to function properly. Any diets that have high amounts or extremely low amounts of the nutrients deprive your body of what it needs.
Don’t believe everything you read about nutrition, even if it is supposedly by an expert. With so much information available about nutrition that it can be hard to know what to believe. Look for tips and plans that are based on solid, peer-reviewed scientific research, not just on a celebrity’s endorsement.
Don’t eat poorly during the weekends. Some people believe it is ok to drop their diet or healthy meal plan on the weekends. By eating junk foods over the weekend, you are increasing your chances of high cholesterol and heart disease as well as undoing any work you have put into your diet.
Don’t remove fat entirely from your diet. Some fats are good for your body and allow you to have soft, supple skin. They combat inflammation and keep hormones in check, things that affect your skin’s health. Nut and fish oil come in supplement form and can provide very healthy forms of fat.
Ready to take charge of your life and make improved choices with food? Apply the advice from this article to your own situation. Once you’ve made it a habit, it will snowball and you’ll feel better and enjoy life more.