Healthy Diet Plan
Living a healthy life can be easier than you think. Eating whole organic foods, drinking water, exercising and taking supplements are the starting point. You also want to make sure that you get plenty of sleep and deal with any stresses in your life.
Eating healthy is a little more difficult than it used to be. We have easy to get processed foods at our fingertips everywhere we turn. We are bombarded with fast food, boxed food, Genetically Modified food, lack of soil nutrients which affects the nutrient content of our foods and the list goes on.
Computers, Face Book, Pinterest, video games, television, movies, distraction upon distraction keep us inside instead of out in the sun and fresh air. Before all the “modern conveniences” we went to sleep and woke up with the sun.
During that time we had all manner of chores to keep us busy and moving. Not only that but the survival of the fittest ensured crops and crop nutrients were all they could be, naturally. While stress was a way of life, family and learning to deal with it was also imperative.
Not only can a clean diet help with weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older.There are all kinds of apps to help with choosing the right foods and portions. Remember to do your best to eat organic, locally grown foods. Eating local organic meats, dairy (like butter, yogurt, milk, cheese, etc.), and free range eggs are some of the most important ways we can eat healthier. Below are some more ideas.
Tips for simple ways to change how you eat:
- Grow your own food! Check out the movie FRESH. It would great to be able to grow our own veggies etc. Try a community garden or go in with a friend on a garden that you both tend and can the goodies so you can have the fruits of your labor for the whole year.
- Eat more fruit (preferably organic). Add it to your cereal, your salads, yogurt or even your dinners.
- Sneak in more veggies (preferably organic). Add them wherever you can–a tomato on your sandwich, peppers on your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep your own organic pre-cut or canned/frozen veggies ready for quick snacks.
- Switch your salad dressing. If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something lighter, like making your own dressing, using a vinaigretteor adding just a little olive oil, vinegar and /or lemon for flavor you’ll automatically eat less calories. Check online for recipes. Making your own dressing will save you not only calories but undesired and unnecessary additives also.
- Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy. You can try raw organic or coconut milk for the absolute best health value. Or try switching to skim milk or fat free yogurt for another way to eat less calories without having to change too much in your diet. Just remember to check the ingredients. Most of the time what you save in calories, etc. will be destroyed by the sugar and other crap they add instead.
- Make some substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you’re at the store, find lower-calorie, organic substitutes for just those 3 items. Better yet, see if you can make them yourself.
Find more ideas for healthy foods with this Healthy Foods Grocery List.
Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure. Making small changes in how you live each day can lead to big rewards, so figure out what you can to be healthy today.
One of the biggest problems in America today is lack of activity. We know it’s good for us but avoid it like the plague either because we’re used to being sedentary or afraid that exercise has to be vigorous to be worth our time.
The truth is, movement is movement and the more you do, the healthier you’ll be. Even moderate activities like chores, gardening and walking can make a difference.
Just adding a little movement to your life can:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
- Improve joint stability
- Increase and improve range of movement
- Help maintain flexibility as you age
- Maintain bone mass
- Prevent osteoporosis and fractures
- Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Enhance self esteem
- Improve memory in elderly people
- Reduce stress
So, even if you opt for small changes and a more modest weight loss, you can see the benefits are still pretty good. One study has found that just a 10% weight reduction helped obese patients reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and increase longevity.
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