Being healthy and making nutritious choices does not require you to be a scientist! This article contains easy to follow advice to assist you in making better choices about what you eat. You will learn that eating nutritiously isn’t as hard as it seems.
Describe tastes and feels to your kids to get them to eat different foods. Ask them to describe what it feels like in their mouths instead of what it tastes like.
It’s easy to assume that what you eat is healthy when it actually is not. Understand what the numbers on the label mean and how much your daily intake of calories, sodium and sugar should be. Don’t ever rely on front of the package marketing, instead take a look at the actual ingredients.
Avoid consuming trans fats, like those in highly processed foods. Trans fat is a very unhealthy thing to eat; it increases your odds of suffering heart disease down the line. Trans fats are bad because they decrease your HDL levels, which is the good cholesterol, and increase your LDL levels, which is the bad cholesterol.
Use whole grain products instead of white, processed foods. Target whole wheat and grain products as better sources of fiber and protein, as opposed to refined products. Whole grain foods contain more fiber and fill you up with less fat and sugar. Check the ingredients list for the word “whole.” If it isn’t there, NEXT! –Not a sentence.–
Do not focus to much attention on dessert. Limit your desserts to a couple times a week, if that. Maybe just treat yourself once at the end of a good week of healthy eating.
Keep logs for everything that you are trying to improve in your life to track your progress. For example, if you have an issue with high blood pressure, start taking it daily to track its progress and whether or not your diet plan is helping to lower it. If weight has been an issue, log the successes in pounds dropped and inches lost as your diet has improved.
When you begin using the above tips in your daily life, you’ll find it easier to make nutritious choices without having to think much about it. Once you get the basics, it gets easier to incorporate good nutrition into your daily life. Good health to you!
Similar to taking in essential nutrients for our overall physical wellbeing, it is just as critical to measure and kick up our mental fitness to live a better and joyful life. One of the most fun and effective to do so is by taking the Mental Fitness Challenge (thanks to Orrin Woodward and LIFE). The pre-challenge survey contains highly important questions regarding our mental strengths in 13 inter-connected areas and what we need to work on. the challenge itself is in the form of a 90-day program consisting tracker sheets, CDs, books and quite uniquely, the ability to invite others to give you something called 360 feedback where they share their honest (hopefully) observations of your strengths and weaknesses.