Healthy eating is one of those things that everyone wants to do, but no-one is quite sure how to do that. Food companies all want you to believe that all you have to do to be healthy is buy whatever they’re selling, and people will pay high prices for health in a bottle type of products. The reality of healthy eating, however, is much more complicated than that.
The key to healthy eating is one little word: balance. You need to balance all the different food groups in your diet (that is diet as in things you eat, not diet as in weight loss). That means carbohydrates, fats and proteins should all feature in correct proportion in each meal you eat. Start paying attention to the backs of labels, where it should be clearly marked how much of each nutrient your food contains, and steer clear of foods that are very high in any one thing unless you are planning to mix them with something else to make a meal. A healthy meal plan consists of veggies, fruits, grains and proteins with 50% is fruits and vegetables, 25% carbs, 25% proteins.
The average person eats too much carbohydrate (in the form of sugar and pasta) and fat (unhealthy snacks), but nowhere near enough protein. If you want to balance your diet, in most cases, the first thing you should do is cut back on the sweets and snacks and eat more meat and dairy instead as it might sound obvious, but it is surprising how people will go out of their way to balance their meals and then ruin it all with snacks.
Apart from carbohydrates, proteins and fats, the other things you need to worry about are vitamins. Most vitamins are necessary in at least small quantities for your body to function properly. You could just as easily eat fruits and vegetables and get all your vitamins that way however, sometimes it might be too much for our bodies to consume therefore, supplemental vitamins are also good to consider. Don’t forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day to start your metabolism to rev and get it in high fat burning gear to feeling better!
Healthy eating is also considered to drink water daily and keep your body well hydrated. Everybody’s body is different but a good rule of thumb to follow is to take your body weight and divide it in half and that will determine how many oz. of water your body needs daily….of course, if you are really active then you may also need to hydrate more.
Come on and jump into action! Here are simple meal plan portions that you might want to follow to a have better and healthier way of eating. Cheers!….on the start of a better and healthier you!!
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