Many people consider eating healthy as a chore but it shouldn’t be. Your body must be taken care of, after all, you only get this one. Slight changes in your regular habits are all that is needed to be fit and healthy. Here are eight tips on eating healthy
- Reduce Your Salt Intake
Increasing your sodium level above recommended levels (6g in adults) increases your chances of heart disease and stroke as it increases your blood pressure. Try to use low sodium products and try to cut out processed food as much as possible.
- More Fruits And Vegetables In Your Diet
This is an obvious one. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of dietary fibres, vitamins and minerals. Incorporate it into your diet as much as possible.
- Drink A LOT Of Water
Your body needs a lot of water in order to do its regular functioning. Do not deprive it of water and no harm ever came to anyone for drinking a lot of water. It is recommended by doctors that an average human male drink 3.7L of water a day while women drink 2.7L.
- Do NOT Skip Breakfast
Many people skip breakfast on the account of being late to work or think of it as a way to lose weight. There is a reason breakfast is quoted as the most important meal of the day. It is proven that people who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight. Also, your body requires a lot of nutrients after a long night of sleep, so make time to have breakfast in the morning. It will give you a lot more energy and concentration throughout the day.
- Cut Down On Saturated Fats
There are two kinds of fats in our body. A good kind of fat (unsaturated fat) and a bad kind of fat (saturated fats). It is important that you try to cut out the bad fat or saturated fat commonly found in foods like butter, cheese and cakes. These increase your cholesterol and thereby increase the chance of heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Incorporate Fish Into Your Diet
Fish is considered a superfood as it has a lot of things you need in your body and very little you don’t need. It is one of the sole contributors of omega 3 fatty acids which are an essential kind of fat that the body cannot make on its own. It has anti-inflammatory properties and reduced risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancers, heart disease and arthritis. It is also important in improving blood flow in the body.
Salmon, sardines and tuna are some fish that you can consider incorporating into your diet that is rich in Omega 3.
If you are vegetarian or you do not eat fish, there are other options to get your daily dose of Omega 3. Flaxseeds and walnuts are a great source of Omega 3 if you are vegan.
- Do Not Overeat
Overeating can lead to anything good. You are trying to force your body to process more than it can handle. This can lead to increased blood pressure and thereby increase the chance of heart disease and also obesity.
- Cook At Home
Cooking at home eliminates all possibility of using dangerous ingredients like MSG which increase cholesterol. It also eliminates the probability of over-eating as you know how much you will eat. There will be less waste and more healthy food. To go a step further, you can even try growing vegetables and fruits in a garden. This way you can be sure there are no harmful pesticides in them.