A Nutritionist’s Guide to Healthy Eating
November 22, 2016
A healthy, balanced diet is essential in maintaining good health. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not exactly hard to get into a healthy diet. The key is eating a wide range of food items so you get all the nutrients your body needs and consuming the right amount of calories based on your normal activities. Below are practical tips for healthy eating.
- The FDA recommends that we consume 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day – at least. It might seem overwhelming, but if you slowly incorporate them into your diet, you’d barely even notice it. Start by eating a banana with your meals, or substituting them for snacks.
- Canned or frozen, fish is high in protein and many vitamins and minerals. In a week, try to consume at least 3 portions of fish. Make sure to also add oily fish into the mix; these are rich in omega-3 that will keep your heart healthy.
- It might sound absurd but fat is actually good for the body – that is, the right kind of fats. Stay away from unsaturated fat as this can increase the cholesterol levels of your blood, putting you at a high risk at developing heart disease.
- Consuming too much salt increases your blood pressure. You might think you’re leading a salt-free diet, but remember that many of the food items in the market today has high sodium content. Thus, you might still be eating a relatively high-sodium diet.
- You might not realize it but your body might be suffering from mild dehydration because of low water intake. Make sure that you take in at least 1.5 liters of water in a day. Stay away from drinks high in sugar because they have high calorie content and is damaging to the teeth.
- Many people who want to lose weight have a tendency to skip breakfast, believing that this will save them calories. However, this actually has the opposite effect. A balanced breakfast will supply you all the necessary nutrients to sustain you throughout the day.
Take to heart the tips above and start incorporating them into your daily routine, and see a big, positive difference in no time. Remember that having good health is all up to you; and whatever you eat and do will be very evident in your physical body. Talk to your health provider for more tips for a healthy diet and a healthy body.