Getting back to simple, basic nutrition can not only help you feel your best, but will also prevent and correct many debilitating and even fatal diseases. Good nutrition does not happen automatically. It requires making conscious food choices each and every day until you begin to form new, healthy habits. Here we’ve provided a few easy tips to help you take control of you nutritional and weight loss goals.
Eating Health Doesn’t Have to be Expensive
Did you know that the combination of rice and beans will provide you with a nearly perfect protein source? These two ingredients can be the basis of a great, filling meal, and it is probably the cheapest meals you can create. A little cheese adds even more protein while adding flavor. Adding rice and beans (and cheese) will satiate your hunger and prevent you from snacking for hours. This is the real key to permanent, and healthy, weight loss.
Be Sneaky with Fruits and Vegetables
If you have fussy kids, or if you’ve never really liked vegetables yourself, there are many ways to sneak vegetables into your diet to improve your health. If you like pizza, consider a cauliflower crust. If you like beef stew, add a variety of vegetables. I try to keep he ratio 3:1 vegetable over beef. The blending of the flavors makes it absolutely delicious! If you like to eat French fries, try baking them instead. My favorite way to prepare them is to cut them fairly thick, spray them with oil and sprinkle with steak seasoning. Then bake at 400 degrees until golden brown. While these are not oil soaked French fries, they are delicious and satisfying, and so much better for you.
Start Your Day with a Nutritious Breakfast
Without a doubt, the single greatest thing you can do to help you achieve your fitness, nutrition and weight loss goals is to pay particular attention to starting the day with the best breakfast possible. Dieting, or just improving your diet, isn’t about calories, but about eating the right kind of foods. The calories from a healthy meal simply aren’t processed by the body the way sugar and processed carbohydrates are. 300 calories from a Little Debbie snack, or a doughnut are stored almost immediately as fat, while a can of tuna, or eggs, or even a healthy bowl of oatmeal release energy over several hours. It is very difficult to put on weight eating these kinds of foods.
Not All Carbs are Bad
The number one reason most people fail to lose weight is carbs. While not all carbs are bad, you need to avoid white, processed, manmade carbs like the plague if you want to lose weight and get fit. Oatmeal is not a problem. Neither are beans and brown rice. You will not put on weight eating these. But chips, fries, cookies, doughnuts and other such white processed carbs will keep you from achieving your health and fitness goals.
Getting Necessary Nutrients
These days many people are gravitating towards a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle and this is perfectly fine as long as you get an abundant variety of foods, including whole grains and nuts and beans to provide necessary protein and micronutrients. Some will claim there are deficiencies that come with a vegan lifestyle, but that is not true. You can get all nutrients naturally from a vegan diet and with modern vitamin and mineral supplements, this is doubly true.
Are you taking a good multivitamin? If not, you should start. It is the single best health insurance policy you can have. Nearly all Americans are deficient in many necessary vitamins and minerals, and could benefit from supplementation, but you should always try to get as much nutrition as possible from natural sources.
Do you suffer from joint inflammation? You may not be getting enough selenium. You can relieve and even prevent inflammation by eating a diet rich in selenium. Rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases have been linked to selenium deficiency. A few foods rich in selenium include sunflower seeds, tuna and liver.
Good health doesn’t come naturally for most of us. We all develop bad dietary habits, but if you are ready to make some changes in your diet to prevent and manage disease, you can use the information found in this website to begin making better food choices every time you sit down to a meal. By using the information in this article you’ll be on your way to changing your diet and changing your life!