You are what you eat. We get told this so much, but it seems like there is so much information on what to eat and what avoid, that it can be confusing at times. Here in this article, you will find solid, healthy eating tips that can clear up some of the confusion.
When cooking, use as little butter as possible. Instead, use olive oil. It contains monounsaturated fats which are actually healthy and beneficial to your health. Butter is loaded with saturated fat, something that is harder for your body to burn through and increases your risk of heart complications. So, use olive oil as a substitute for butter, whenever possible.
Be aware of how many nutrients are lost in the processing of your food. A whole-grain wheat bread is a much better choice than a multi-grain processed bread, for example. Even items that seem to be high in good foods, such as a bowl of vegetable soup, are not as healthy as an unprocessed counterpart.
Consume 600-900 mg of garlic, about 1 fresh clove, daily to help lower your cholesterol. There have been many studies where people have used garlic for health reasons. These studies have proven garlic is extremely beneficial in helping to lower total cholesterol, and in particular, LDL, the bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
Always read your nutrition labels when you are purchasing food from a store. You can make yourself aware of ingredients to avoid and also make healthier choices to add to your diet. Keeping track of food this way can ensure that you do not overeat by providing you with serving sizes.
You can “sneak” healthy ingredients into your regular recipes. If you have some choosy kids you can give them veggies without them knowing. One way to implement this strategy is by including somewhat tasteless but nutritious items in your recipes, like a bean puree in soup or flax flour in baked goods. Doing this will allow you and your family to eat healthier without anyone knowing.
MSG is added to many processed foods to enhance taste. But MSG adds no nutritional value and it has been found to have many negative effects, including depression and headaches. Some people are more sensitive than others, but you should avoid MSG even if you are not hypersensitive. It may have long-term, cumulative effects.
Making sure that you’re giving your body the proper nutrition that it needs can be hard at times. Taking a daily multivitamin can help ensure that some of your nutritional needs are always met. Many daily multivitamins provide a full day’s worth of several vitamins and minerals that your body needs in one small pill.
Each day you should make available to your family plenty of water to drink. Limit milk and juice consumption to a couple of meals and do not offer it all the time. If your kids drink milk and juice all day, they might be hungry at dinner time.
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.
Toddlers and nutrition do not always mix. Even if you started your baby out eating a high variety of nutritious solid foods, at some point a toddler will boycott all your decisions. It is their way to control. The best way to keep nutrition is your toddlers diet choices is to hide healthy foods in the foods that they will consume, such as making muffins, cookies, and pancakes with hidden fruit and veggies in them.
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.
If you are trying to encourage your child to have better nutrition, one of the most effective things you can do is to set a good example. Children mimic their parents. The wider the variety of foods you eat, the more foods your child will be willing to try a taste of.
Now that you know what types of things you should be eating for proper nutrition, you should start to see a difference in the way you look and feel. You really ARE a reflection of the things that you eat, and information given here, can help you be a healthier person.