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Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Thus, healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. Actually by choosing the types of foods that improve your health and avoid the types of foods that raise your risk for such illnesses as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is an important factor. Here are few tips for healthy eating:
- Eat a wide variety of foods including vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products.
- Eat enough calories but not too many by maintaining a balance between your calorie intake and calorie expenditure.
- Drink lots of water and remember that our bodies are about 75% water. Thus, it is a vital part of healthy diets.
- Keep portions moderate especially with high-calorie foods.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, or in general, foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals but low in fat and free of cholesterol.
- Limit sugary foods, salt, and refined-grain products.
- Don’t be the food police. Enjoy eating what you like but keep it in moderation.
- Don’t forget exercise. By adding regular physical activity and exercise to healthy eating plans then you definitely will get better results.
- Don’t rush into eating rather take your time while chewing your food, taste the flavors and feel the textures of what is in our mouths.
- Avoid stress while eating by avoid eating while working, driving, arguing, or watching TV (especially disturbing programs or the news). Try taking some deep breaths prior to beginning your meals.
- Listen to your body and ask yourself if you are really hungry. You may be just thirsty, so try drinking a glass of water first. During a meal, stop eating after relieving your hunger but before you feel full.
- Eat early and eat often by starting your day with a healthy breakfast can enhance your metabolism. Also, eating the majority of your daily caloric portions early in the day gives your body time to work those calories off. Moreover, eating small, healthy meals throughout the day, rather than the standard three large meals, can help keep your metabolism going and protecting you from unhealthy snack attacks.
- Some people like to follow the food pyramid guideline in which foods you eat the most create the base of the pyramid, and foods you eat in smaller amounts or less frequently are shown farther up the pyramid. Here is a general one though there are other ones.
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