June 28, 2012

10 Ways To Choose The Right Healthy Foods

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Being an advocate for healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, I am always looking for new ways to learn and share information that I find useful to me.

Today I was given the opportunity to express a topic that I was passionate about and wanted to share with my readers and the group over at Guest Post U wrote for me and did just that. I have my own set of food rules as you all know, so I wanted them to embellish on my rules and healthy tips to live by with sharing their 10 ways to choose the right healthy foods to be a healthier you.

Take it away....

10 Ways To Choose The Right Healthy Foods

Living a healthy life begins with eating a healthy diet. To maintain optimum health, you can exercise and cut back on junk food, but no health regimen is complete without a well balanced diet full of the right kinds of foods. If you want to provide your body with the types of foods it needs to look and feel good, here are 10 ways to help you choose the right healthy foods.

1. Eliminate Processed Foods. Although microwave meals can be an easy and convenient meal choice, most microwavable meals are heavily processed and full of unhealthy ingredients. Cutting down on the amount of processed food you eat can greatly improve your overall health.

2. Eat Fresh. Whenever possible, try to include plenty of fresh foods in your diet. Not only will fresh fruits and vegetables taste better than canned ones, but fresh fruits and vegetables also have more healthy nutrients needed for a well balanced, healthy diet.

3. Choose Good Fats. There are a wide variety of fat free food products, but sometimes those foods are missing the good fats you need to maintain optimum health. Instead of choosing to eat only fat free foods, opt for foods that are high in good fats like omega-3.

4. Get Your Protein. Protein is an essential nutrient needed to build muscle and maintain hormonal balance, so it is important that you include plenty of protein rich foods in your diet if you want to stay healthy.

5. Include Fiber. In order for your digestive system to stay healthy, your diet needs to include plenty of foods that are high in fiber. According to a startling statistic, the average person only gets a small amount of the recommended daily amount of fiber he or she needs to maintain good health. Don't be a part of this statistic by including plenty of fiber into your diet.

6. Vitamins and Minerals. Getting the daily required amount of vitamins and minerals is one of the most important parts of a healthy diet. Be sure to eat foods that are rich in calcium and other important vitamins and minerals if you want your body to be in healthy shape.

7. Good Sugar. All sugars are not created equal. For example, healthy sugars like those found in fresh fruit are important to the healthy balance of your body. Be sure to always read the labels on food before you buy it because many healthy foods that you wouldn't think contain sugar actually do.

8. Limit Sodium Intake. Although sodium is an important mineral the body needs, too much of it can be a bad thing. Too much sodium is not healthy, especially for people with high blood pressure.

9. Watch Your Calories. Depending on your body type, there is a daily recommended amount of calories you need to keep trim while maintaining your health. When you go beyond your daily recommended calorie intake you risk gaining weight and endangering your health.

10. Limit Cholesterol. All animal products, like meat and dairy products, contain cholesterol. Having too much cholesterol can harm your heart so it is important that you keep your daily cholesterol intake low if you want to stay healthy.

If keeping in good health is important to you, you need to adjust your diet in the 10 above listed ways. It is not hard to stay healthy if you know how to eat right, so improve your health by incorporating these dietary changes into your life.

Gracie Cordery loves to cook and to write about cooking. She is a contributing author at http://www.healthinsurancequotes.org/

So much of everything said is what I believe in and such great and valuable information. As I always say... shop your farmers markets first, around the outsides of the grocrey store where all your fresh 'real' foods are second, and portion yourself and what you eat.

Food is a means to live, and we all want to live as the healthiest versions of ourself but you do not have to sacrifice good taste and great food. If you plan your meals ahead, shop for real foods that will make your body perform at it's best and leave you happy and satisfied, then you are on the right path for a leaner, happier and healthier YOU!!!

And dont forget, we all have something we love or food we crave... but that doesnt mean you should de-rail all together. Find a better, healthier version of what you love, portion yourself to one serving or two depending on the treat, and save it for a special occation.
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Have a great week lovies!!


youngwifey said...

Great rules to live by! That's how I was raised and try to continue when eat, it's good to be reminded every so often,

Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella said...

thanks for sharing these helpful tips! ben and i have decided we need to be more healthy but i dont exactly know where to start - and this is great :)
excited to be your newest follower!

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