The article below is a guest post from Valarie Johnson of Healthline.com. Thank You to Valarie for providing this awesome info!
Healthy Eating Tips that Will Enhance Your Life
The old adage “You are what you eat” is true on many levels. About every seven years, every single cell in your body is replaced. New cells are made from the foods that you put in your body. Not surprisingly, healthy food choices tend to promote healthy cell growth while unhealthy foods tend to do quite the opposite. Since the health of your body is so closely connected with the health of your mind, eating the right foods can also improve your state of mind and your energy levels. Consider the following healthy eating tips to begin improving the health of your mind and body.
Avoid Empty Calories
One of the most important things that you can do for your health is to avoid highly processed foods as much as possible. Foods that do not offer any nutritional value will throw your body out of balance. On the other hand, by consuming a diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods, you will be able to reduce your risk of a number of diseases and optimize your overall wellbeing.
When making a decision about what to eat or what ingredients to purchase, consider what nutritional value the food will add to your diet. For example, a sandwich made of white bread, processed meat, and processed cheese will be far less nutritious than a sandwich made with whole grain bread, avocado, and fresh greens. Soda—diet or regular—offers zero nutritional value, whereas a smoothie made with fresh fruit offers a considerable amount of nutritional value. A diet focused around fresh foods instead of processed foods will be of great benefit to your health and wellbeing.
Base Portion Sizes on Type of Food
Moderating portion sizes is important for maintaining a healthy weight and for taking greater control of your health. However, portion sizes should depend on the type of food you will be consuming. For instance, did you know that most people consume meat in portion sizes that far exceed what is considered healthy? The recommended serving of meat per meal is only 3 ounces, which is a portion roughly the size of a deck of cards. If you are making salad that includes mixed greens and other fresh veggies, you can choose your largest serving bowl and eat all you want as long as you choose a healthy dressing. A healthy meal may include a 3-ounce portion of meat and other dishes to fill you up such as steamed broccoli and a baked potato.
Change Your Eating Habits
Moderating portions of food will be much easier if you are more conscious of your eating habits. For example, do you sit in front of the television while eating meals? It is common for people to make unhealthy food choices such as eating empty-calorie foods and overeating when in front of the television. By eating with the television off, you are more likely to chew your food better and to stop eating once you are full.
If you dine out a lot on your lunch break from work, for example, try bringing along healthy snacks and a home-prepared lunch. This will help in preventing you from bringing on unhealthy food choices when away from home.
To determine what habits to change for a healthier diet, write down your dietary pitfalls. Keep a list of habits that are getting in the way of your health. For example, do you skip meals and then make unhealthy food choices because you are excessively hungry? Are you adding enough fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet? Assessing your personal dietary habits will help you to get back on track with your health.
About The Author:
Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.