If you are a new comer, starting to look for options to better your health with alternatives, you must have a plan. This is not unlike anything starting from bottom up, you must have a plan for a solid foundation to build on.
A healthy eating plan involves eating a range of food in the right amount. These are some of the changes you will have to make for that better health you are striving for. Eating a healthy diet ensures that your body functions properly and that you become healthy, which is the reason of this plan. Things will start to feel different; your body will stay in a state whereby it is ready to fight illness and diseases. The wide range of food you should select involves all fruits and vegetables like cabbages, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, beans, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, onions, any herbs etc. As in fruits: Bananas, apples, mangoes, berries, any stone fruit, best what is in season and fresh. Include many or at least some of these in your daily healthy eating plan every day.
Here are the first important steps you can start with now to change your old unhealthy eating habits to a life changing one for the better.
The first step is to avoid sugary things. Anything that has sugar or added sugar is contributing to bad health and weight gain. This is not as easy as it may sound, because sugar is almost everywhere, even in foods you wouldn’t expect it. When it comes to food it is easy to be mislead and to think we are doing most of the things right. As an example let’s take fruit juices: We think they are healthy for us because of the fruits it has included. The name sounds healthy but the content isn’t; all the additives, preservatives and all the sugar is a major concern for our health. This also applies to sodas, soft drinks, sport drinks, health drinks etc. They all have high sugar content plus other unhealthy ingredients better be avoided.
All of this makes it necessary to change your eating plan in ensuring to receive all the nutrition daily for a healthier and better way of life. It is important that you make sure you have all the basic nutrients like vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, starches in moderation, and variety. All these play an important role in our lives like providing our bodies with energy, and boosting the immune system. Making a healthy eating plan does not involve highly processed foods or genetically modified food. They be better avoided because of a number of reasons.
Processed foods do not have all the necessary nutrients as they are removed during processing. The action only focuses on making the product attractive, pleasing for the taste buds for wanting more but does not consider the nutritional part. The other matter: Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are not healthy and best completely avoided. Though this type of food could be less expensive in the market does not mean that they are healthy. For instance, highly processed grains do not have their outer coats. The coats are what holds a high amount of nutrition like for instance in whole wheat.
The nutrients found in a healthy balanced diet have different roles to play. Carbohydrates are a source of energy. It is in our bodies in the form of starch which is later converted into glucose. Protein helps in the growth of our body cells and in the repair of destroyed cells and other parts. Once you eat foods rich in protein, the nutrients become amino acids and our digestive system cannot handle these large molecules. Fats are a preserved form of energy used by the body if it runs out of food. Fat is also used as insulation for our bodies as some of it is under the skin. The point about fat: Our body needs fat; it cannot survive without it, although the body needs the right type of fat. All that wrong information over the last few decades about fat is unhealthy is a myth. Saturated fats found in natural food is good fat. Trans fat in processed food is the bad fat and better be avoided.
Vitamins are not always required in high amounts but they also play a crucial role in our eating plan. Vitamins and minerals can also be sourced from supplements as long as they are the right ones and not the synthetic types.
Education and knowledge is the key to a healthy diet and eating plan. Some effort and time spend now can help for less expenses and less time spend in doctors or hospital waiting rooms later.
The most important step to a healthy life is the change to a healthy eating plan to take control of your health. Just small steps at the time will help you to learn how to eat better in the best possible way.