Eating healthy is a must: this goes without saying. Yet, with the current food culture, it is difficult to eat healthy — not to mention expensive. Without conscious effort, you will never be able to eat healthy food, unless someone is doing the picking out of ingredients and cooking for you.
Here are 5 easy ways to eat healthy:
1. Eat Real Food.
This is the number one thing that you should do. By real food, it means that they have not been processed in any way. As much as possible, get the freshest ingredients that you can. They are the ones packed with the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Give up eating synthetically produced stuff and heavily processed foods. Canned goods are the best examples of the latter. Sure, there are real food mixed with those bunch, but you will never know. Even if you read the ingredients list, you will know if they are accurate or are telling of what they really are.If you like processed foods, then look for alternatives. If you like SPAM, for example, you should buy good quality pork instead.
2. Learn How to Cook.
The key to successfully eating healthy is cooking. Being capable of cooking will allow yourself to eat real food without becoming limited on what you eat. With you at the helm of your kitchen, you will have access to the flavors of all the heavily processed foods that you can buy from the market without the unhealthy stuff.And again, if you like SPAM, then you can still eat that by making luncheon meat with regular pork and ham. Of course, you will not immediately replicate the SPAM’s taste. However, that is the fun in cooking. You can try and experiment until you’ve captured the taste of the foods you want to eat.
Aside from gaining control of what you goes into your tummy, you can also reduce the costs of your food. If budget is not your concern, learning how to cook can give you control of the portions that you eat. The bottom line is, cooking is an important skill that you should learn.
3. Practice Moderation.
You do not need to punish yourself. Eating healthy does not mean that you should give up the tasty ones that you usually eat: chocolate, chips, and/or cookies. You can still eat them. However, as you eat more healthily you will not want to indulge yourself so often on those sinful foodstuffs or get cravings for them. If you choose to do so always make sure that you practice moderation and get straight back on the healthy eating plan.
Eat only the right amount. So, how to check the right amount? First of all, check the nutrient and calorie content of what you eat. Always be mindful on checking those labels. Check the nutrients that may go overboard when you eat too much. For example, the cake says that one slice of it can give you 25% of your caloric needs for a day. Basically, if you eat four slices of the cake, you will get the 100% of your caloric needs. It would not therefore be a good idea to eat four slices of cake would it?
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4. Examine Your Body
Every person has different nutritional and caloric needs. So, for you to find out the amount of things that you need to intake, you should examine yourself. A few clinics, dietitians and nutritionists can do that for you. On the other hand, if you do not want to go out and spend a bit of cash, you can use online calculators to get the information that you need.For example, if you want to know the caloric intake you need to prevent adding more weight, you can just weigh yourself and take your height. After that, get to an online calculator, input those numbers, and you will get the information that you need.
5. Take In Supplements
Again, since the normal menu in the modern household is filled with unnatural stuff (e.g. junk food and processed food), it is difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need. Because of that, you will have to address the deficiencies through good quality multivitamins and minerals supplements. It’s best to be guided in what to take by a qualified nutritionist.
Author’s Bio: Claire works in marketing team at Brillopak, a manual packing machine manufacturing company in UK. Apart from designing, Claire loves to blog. You can find her trying out new recipes, playing drums or cheering in stands for Falmer Stadium.