Are you following a healthy diet? There are many benefits to eating healthy and everyone should try to eat a variety of nutritional food on a daily basis. Eating healthy helps prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Besides, a well-balanced and healthy diet your body more energy, helps you feel better and helps to keep you physically fit. Anyone can eat healthy if you put your mind to it. It just involves making some gradual changes and food substitutions to your regular eating pattern. There are a few things you should do to eat healthy daily
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Meet with your doctor to discuss your food options. Your doctor may recommend some appropriate healthy food choices for you based on your current health condition, personal goals and needs. He can also help you develop a healthy diet plan to follow based on the Food Guide Pyramid.
Determine what time of day you want to eat and how often you should eat. Some people prefer to stick with the traditional three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). But many believe that it is better to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going and to remove cravings for snacks.
Create a diet plan that suits your needs. Your diet should consist of a variety of healthy foods, including fruits, grains and vegetables. You should reduce saturated fat, sugar and carbohydrate intake by reducing the amount of desserts, red meat, white bread, pasta and soda you consume. Try to eat foods that are less fattening and higher in protein (such as poultry, eggs, fish, beans, peas and nuts).
Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Be sure to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet plan and follow the proper serving size. For example, 1 serving size of fruit or vegetable equivalent of about 1 medium-size piece of fruit (apple, orange, etc.), 1/4 cup of dried fruit or 1 cup raw, leafy vegetables. There are many different kinds of fruits such as whole, dried cut-up fresh ,, canned and frozen.
Take 2-3 servings of dairy products in your diet. This may include items such as milk, cheese and yogurt, as a cup of milk or yogurt, 1 1/2 grams of natural cheese. Make sure you choose low-fat dairy products.
Drink plenty of water daily. You should drink eight glasses (8 oz. In size) of water each day. Water is good for you because it keeps the body clean, flushes out the body and gets rid of toxins and waste. Drinking water also reduces fluid retention in the body. You may need to consume more water if you are physically active, pregnant or heavier in size.
Tips and Warnings
When planning the main course of the meal, make sure you follow the serving size rule, which is that the meat should equal the size of your fist or fit into the palm.
Try baking, grilling or cooking food instead of frying it.
food substitutions when possible, such as using low-fat or skim milk instead of whole milk and eating wheat bread instead of white bread.