You may want to lose weight, decrease the cholesterol level or want to be more energetic, but how can you start doing that? You may believe that the only solution for getting satisfactory results is to do exercises as much as possible and it will be better if they are tough to help you to lose weight and improve your health quickly, but do you know that it is totally wrong because even if you do exercises, you need to watch what you eat to make the workouts that you do more effective. The best solution is to eat healthy, but how to start it while you do not know what to eat? You have to eat healthy food which provides your body with the needed nutrients that are substantial for being healthy. You also need to change your eating habits that may come to be the main reason for most of your health problems. Here are 15 ways that can help you to start eating healthy.
♦ Eat your breakfast: In order to start eating healthy, you have to eat your breakfast. It is the most important meal throughout the day as it increases your metabolism and reduces your hunger in the rest of the day to consume less food.
♦ Eat several times: Instead of eating large amounts of food and small number of meals, you can have several meals which are about five meals throughout the day. Chew your food well and try to eat slowly in order to allow your stomach to tell your brain that it is full and do not want more food.
♦ Do not avoid fats: There are fats that are beneficial for you and it is not all fats that are ranked as being dangerous. You have to avoid consuming trans and saturated fats, but you can consume omega 3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats such as fish oil, nuts, olive oil and other oils that are taken from seeds. These types of oil are healthy and beneficial for reducing cholesterol in your body and protecting you from heart disease.
♦ Consume protein: There are many types of food that contain protein such as lean fish, legumes, lean poultry and nuts. These types of food provide you with the needed protein that is essential for building muscles and providing your body with energy that you need for your day.
♦ Eat complex carbohydrates: It is known that carbohydrates helps in gaining weight and this is because they are digested and absorbed quickly, but do you know that this is for the simple carbohydrates only such as sugar and flour. There is another type of carbohydrates which is slowly absorbed and contains vitamins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients that are essential for your body. This type of carbohydrates is called complex carbohydrates such as oats, hearty vegetables, whole-grain flour, brown rice and other unprocessed grains. Replace the white bread by wheat or brown bread and eat more leafy greens that help you to fill up quickly.
♦ Eat more superfoods: Types of food such as blueberries, fresh berries, cranberries, raspberries, algae and salmon are some of the foods that are called super foods. They can help you to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, reduce the level of cholesterol, provide you with vitamins, minerals fats and other essential nutrients and boost immunity.
♦ Reduce your consumption to salt: Salt is known as the white poison because consuming too much salt leads to dangerous diseases such as excessive stomach acid, osteoporosis and high blood pressure, so it will be better for you to use salt moderately to avoid these problems.
♦ Try to be moderate: Moderation is the best solution as you should not consume huge amounts of any type of food. Instead of eating large amounts of a specific type of food, you can consume small amounts of everything you want.
♦ Do not deprive yourself: Instead of preventing yourself from consuming specific types of food or beverages, you can simply trick yourself through consuming small amounts of these types and thus you will protect yourself from suddenly consuming large amounts of what you avoid at an uncontrollable way.
♦ Drink water as much as possible: Drinking water is essential for you body as it helps you to be hydrated, improves your digestion, helps you to fill up your stomach, decreases your feeling of hunger and helps you to burn fat. You should drink from 2 to 3 liters daily.
♦ Keep away from alcohol and sugary drinks: Drinks such as alcohol and others that contain artificial sweeteners such as juices, soft-drinks, sports and energy drinks are not healthy, so you have to avoid them and try to replace them by water.
♦ Avoid unhealthy food: There are many types of food which are unhealthy for our bodies such as fast food that contains trans fat which makes it dangerous, processed food and what is called junk food that must be avoided.
♦ Eat less meat: Eating a lot of meat is not healthy and you can get the protein that you need for your body from other sources such as seeds.
♦ Monitor what you eat: You have to determine the calories that you need for your body and depending on that you can consume the amount of food and beverages that you want.
♦ Decrease your stress: There are some people who consume more beverages and food when they are stressed. Try to resort to other ways that lower your stress such as talking with fiends, watching television, listening to music or taking a bath.