If you want to stay healthy, eating a proper diet is very important, but knowing what you should and shouldn’t eat can be confusing. It seems like every day a new study says that some food is either very unhealthy or very good for you. This article gives you some sensible nutritional advice; advice that most people can follow.
Nuts are an overlooked diet food that any dieter should take advantage of. High in protein and low in calories and saturated fats, nuts are an excellent replacement for meat when you need a protein boost. Almonds are the best, providing lots of protein without the burden of high amounts of fat.
Oprah Winfrey used the phrase “clean eating” in her book Oprah’s Kitchen. It’s helpful to think of clean eating as a good way to approach food. Simple preparations, lighter salad dressings, using less oils and fats (though still a bit for flavor!), and keeping things as fresh as possible – all these ideas contribute to her way of clean eating. Oprah loved her fried chicken – and presents a clean way of cooking it in her book. The bottom line is, if you have a choice between fancy and heavy vs. simple and fresh, go with the latter and your scale will thank you, no matter what food you’re eating.
One of the most important nutrients that your body needs is water. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Preferably, use filtered tap water to simultaneously avoid cluttering the environment with bottles but also avoid drinking any chemicals or contaminants that may be found in your local tap water supply.
If you can make one change to improve your nutrition, it should be to reduce or eliminate sugars. Much has been made of low-glycemic index foods, and indeed there is a strong basis to show that lowering sugars can guard against health problems such as diabetes, as well as lowering one’s appetite for sugary foods, which can contribute to weight loss.
To choose healthier aliments, you should know what you are buying and eating. A lot of products are advertised as ‘diet’ or as ‘light’. This does not necessarily makes them healthier. They usually contain more chemicals to make up for the missing ingredients, or do not contain enough calories to give you the energy you need.
Avoid pre-packaged and prepared foods whenever possible if you are looking for the healthiest nutrition. In almost every case pretreated foods and pre-cooked meals feature added ingredients for preservation that are extremely bad for you. It is far better to prepare your own food from fresh ingredients than to rely on food prepared in a factory.
Learn different ways to cook some of your favorite foods in a healthier manner. You may love the taste of deep fried chicken or fries, but your body doesn’t. There are always alternatives in cooking methods for foods to still provide you the taste you love without all the calories. Try baking, roasting, steaming, and broiling as alternatives to frying.
Planning your meals and grocery shopping ahead of time will make it easier to maintain a healthy diet. Stick to your shopping list when you are at the store so that you won’t be tempted by unhealthy snacks and junk food. Make sure your meals are giving you all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Snacks, such as fruit smoothies, are a nutritious and delicious treat. Premade smoothies aren’t as healthy. Making them at home allows you to control the amount of nutrition it has. It’s also easy to work smoothies into your diet. Include fresh or frozen fruit, skim milk and Greek yogurt for a delicious smoothie.
When choosing high-protein foods, which are also, low fat, it is important how you prepare it. Some cooking methods can turn a potentially healthy, low-fat protein into a high-fat meal. Grill or bake your proteins for the lowest fat content. If you fry or add heavy sauces, your low-fat protein is no longer low-fat.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer stocked with quick-to-prepare healthy convenience meals. If you know you have some healthy TV dinners at home, you are much less likely to run by the fast food place after a harried day at work. Convenience meals shouldn’t be a nutritional staple but they sure are nice to have occasionally.
If you are at work, try keeping some single-serving packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, soup or tuna fish in your desk. That way if you ever need a quick lunch or an easy snack, you don’t have to buy something unhealthy or get a snack from the vending machine.
Eating a healthy, nutritious diet shouldn’t be a difficult chore. It really isn’t that hard to keep yourself in good shape by eating right. Just remember some of what you’ve learned from this article. Follow the basic guidelines you’ve read about, and you won’t have too much trouble getting the nutrition you need.