Many people like to use the excuse that they are too busy to eat a healthy diet and maintain their good nutrition. The real truth is that healthy choices are even more important when you have a lot to do. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to eat the right foods when you use some of the recommendations in the article below.
Chocolate is not your enemy. While candy bars are obviously an unhealthy choice, dark chocolate is a much healthier alternative. Dark chocolate has much less fat and calories than milk chocolate, and consuming a little bit of it can reduce your sweet tooth and has even proven to increase your life span.
Fill up on vegetables during lunch and dinner versus fatty foods. You can eat over twice as many vegetables while still cutting down your calorie intake. This way, you are full and still under your calories for the day. You can add vegetables to any meal to have a larger meal without increasing the amount of fatty foods.
Whenever you get that growling sensation in your tummy, have a healthy choice on hand. Look at portion sizes for your usual, and then compare that to the healthy alternative. This is a chance for you to fill up for less. Keep snack size portions on hand so you can’t use the “it’s easier to get the other” excuse.
Add more salads to your diet every day. These are packed with so many vitamins and nutrients essential for healthy organs and healthy minds. These can also take care of the amount of “greens” you should be consuming everyday and you can basically add any healthy fruits and veggies that you want. Try to avoid cream-based dressings though and opt for olive oil, vinegar, low fat yogurt or eat it plain.
If you want to eat more nutritious foods at home and away, you live in very propitious times. Although our markets are filled with an endless array of nutrient-poor foods, you can also choose from a wide variety of much healthier options than were previously available, from low-carb high-fiber tortillas to power-packed super fruit smoothies. For people too busy to cut up vegetables for work lunches, you can purchase little packages of precut fresh veggies and dip. In many ways, while it has become harder to dodge all the unhealthy choices, it has also become exponentially more convenient to find better nutritional choices.
If you have trouble eating healthy foods, try sneaking them into your usual foods. Sneaking healthy stuff into seemingly innocuous foods is great for those picky eaters, but it’s also a good way to get your own diet under control. An example would be adding dried milk to bread products or smoothies, or putting some pureed white beans into cookies or cakes. Nutrition will become a family affair, but it will not be obvious to them.
One decision regarding nutrition is whether or not to eat meat. A vegetarian diet has long been espoused in the East, less so in the West. There are voices which show the nutritional deficiencies of a diet without meat. There are vegetarian advocates who show ways to make up these deficiencies–without eating meat. Consider both and decide for yourself!
An unknown boon to many, studies have shown that red wine is actually a healthy choice. Compared to white wine, red wine has less sugar and more healthy nutrients. Nutritionists believe that drinking one glass of red wine per day may increase your life expectancy. The same idea applies to dark chocolate.
As people get older, you should try to limit yourselves on the amount of salt you eat every day. These salts are mostly found in processed foods and you may not even realize just how much you are consuming. Try reading the labels of the foods that you see at the grocery store before you buy them.
For best nutrition, be sure to choose fats wisely. Butter was once thought to be the enemy due to the high amount of saturated fat. However, margarine has been found to be high in trans fats, which are unhealthy for the heart. Best would be to limit your fats as much as possible; second best would be one of the “Smart Balance” non-trans-fat type margarine’s, and third best would be to use real butter, but very sparingly.
Fruit juice can be an acceptable alternative to raw veggies and fruits. Juicing can provide your body with vitamins and nutrients without the inconveniences of chopping, cooking, and preparing. Fruit juice that does not contain processed sugar or high-fructose corn syrup will not cause tooth decay, but it’s still a good idea to use a straw, and rinse your mouth with water after drinking fruit juice. This helps protect your teeth.
When your nutrition is poor, you will find that you have less energy than you need to cope with the demands of your busy day. When your nutrition is good, you will find that you have the energy you need to accomplish even more than you thought you could. Stop making excuses, and get your nutrition back on track with these practical tips.