With technological progress in the 21st century, this modern era has also brought an age where more and more restaurants are opening up, offering ready-made meals and junk food, and unhealthy snacks filling our supermarket shelves. This has led to obesity being a major problem amongst many countries. However, a growing number of people nowadays are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of opting for a healthy diet. The saying “you are what you eat” is now a common phrase amongst a rather steadily increasing group of people.
In most cases, eating a healthy diet conjures up images of tasteless food – lettuce and other raw vegetables and seeds.
That is why we are here to show you that diet is actually a variety of colorful and natural food items that provide energy and goodness and enrich our bodies. Here are some tips to turn your everyday meal into a more healthy diet:
- Eating fruits for snacks: Whenever we feel a little hungry, we turn to junk food as a quick bite and snacks item. But it would be healthier if we carried fruits such as apples, bananas, etc to take care of these small cravings we have throughout the day.
- Adding fresh vegetables to dinner: If you don’t follow this yet, it’s time to get started. Adding some boiled fresh green vegetables along with your other dishes surely increases the healthy factor of your meal.
- Increasing fish and nuts consumption: Nuts, fatty fish, avocados and vegetable oils supply healthy unsaturated fats which, though high in calories, do not promote weight gain in any manner. Fatty fish reduces heart disease risks and has other benefits, largely because of its omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.
- Always choosing natural food over supplements: Supplements can never constitute a healthy diet which supplies countless other potentially beneficial compounds besides vitamins and minerals. Natural food also provides the “synergy” that many nutrients require in order to be efficiently used by the body.
- Cutting out red meat: Red meat is a major contributor to increasing body fat. Instead of red meat, for now poultry meat and sea food can be substituted in your meals. However, you can cut those off too later if you want better results.
- Drinking soymilk instead of whole milk: Whole meat is highly fatty whereas soymilk is much more healthier. The transition might take a while duo to the taste differences but after a while it is the wise option as it reduces fatty content in your regular diet.
- Cutting down saturated fat and sugar: Some amount of fat is needed in our regular diet but it is important to take note what type of fat we are consuming. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases the risk of developing heart diseases. The average man should have about 30g saturated fat/day, the average woman 20g saturated fat/day and children should consume less than adults.
- Never go thirsty: We need to drink plenty of fluids to stop us getting dehydrated. This comes in addition to the fluid we get from the food we eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water and lower-fat milk are obviously the healthier choices.
- Skipping breakfast is never wise: Some people skip breakfast because they assume it will help in losing weight. However, research shows that people who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet as it provides some of the important vitamins and minerals we need for good health.
- Increasing the fibre content: Using brown alternatives of rice, pasta and bread to increase the fibre content of recipes is an easy way to a healthier diet. It helps you feel fuller for longer and offers almost the same taste. Instead of using all plain white flour in recipes, a mix of whole-wheat and oats can make a huge difference.
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