Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Healthy Eating Tips

Eat smart and stay healthy. Eating the right foods will make you healthy or make you ill. Healthy eating prevents illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Learning to eat the right types of food keeps you mentally alert, influences a positive mood and sets you on a mission to live a healthy lifestyle.

You will end up cheating if you hurriedly begin a quick overnight diet. Begin the diet by substituting a salad to your diet each day instead of eating snack foods. Use raw vegetables such as Romaine lettuce hearts, spinach, cucumber and carrot slices, and top off the salad with croutons and a low calorie salad dressing. Keep a small container nearby with carrot sticks or celery to snack on throughout the day. Healthy eating tips include the steaming and eating of mustard greens, kale and broccoli, which offers your body calcium, magnesium and potassium along with vitamins A, C, E and K.

Fill up on fiber by consuming fruits that also supply your body with necessary vitamins and antioxidants. Nutrients from berries fight and prevent cancer. One apple is loaded with fiber and, when eaten before your meal, it prevents acid reflux. If you are a diabetic, check first with your primary care physician about whether you should consume apples. Mangoes provide vitamin C and so does oranges. Eat a minimum of five portions of fruits and vegetables a day to help you with your healthy eating diet. Place your favorite fruits in a blender. Add a small amount of water and whip up a treat to make ice-cream lovers jealous. The blended fruits may appear and taste like ice-cream, but the blend is of natural fruits that contribute to healthy eating, which is good for your body.

Proteins, carbohydrates, fat, fiber and vitamins balance your daily diet. Include whole grains such as whole wheat and brown rice in your new diet, and eat smaller portions of food. Use a smaller plate when dining at home. Split an oversized plateful of food with a friend while dining out. Chew your food slowly and enjoy your meals at either location. Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning and consume small healthy meals during the day. Stop eating before you are full during a meal. Your brain does not immediately advise your body that you are full. Test your body and learn whether you need water instead of more food.

Remember that you must exercise daily. Exercising and dieting benefits your overall healthy diet regimen. Walking is the best form of exercise. It costs you nothing more than a pair of good walking shoes. Find a high school or YMCA track on which to complete several laps. Aim to walk around the track for a total of three miles or six laps, and arm yourself with bottled water.


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