Do you really know what foods to eat for a healthier body? It’s not always easy if you cruise the internet for information. Even the magic government food pyramid doesn’t tell the whole story. In recent years, Americans are eating more and more fast foods and convenience foods, which contain additives and lack nutrition. Getting back to the basics is one way of insuring your diet is healthy and the best one for your needs.
Eating whole foods is a start.
Whole foods are foods with minimal preparation. Raw foods, for example, are the ultimate of whole foods with foods like Twinkies and deep fried Oreos ranking right up at the top of the list of highly processed. In fact, a rule of thumb is to look at the ingredients before you eat a food. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients or they sound strangely like a chemical compound, don’t eat the food.
Mix up the colors you eat for a healthier meal.
That doesn’t mean a bag of multicolored M&Ms or Skittles is good for you. If you’re eating whole foods, select a wide variety of colors. Each vegetable of fruit contains phytonutrients that can benefit the body. Some of these give the fruit and vegetable the color. For instance, the bluish purple color of blueberries comes from anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant, while the orange color of carrots comes from beta-carotene which is a precursor for Vitamin A and provides many different health benefits. A multicolored dinner plate insures you’ll be getting a wider variety of nutrients.
Get help with your menu.
If you’re like most people, you’re busy with not only your own career, but also family. That makes taking the time to do extensive research difficult. One way to insure you’re eating healthy is to get help from experts who study nutrition. You’ll benefit from their expertise and save time, while also learning ways to make healthy eating extremely delicious.
You don’t have to starve, eating just rice cakes and celery, to eat healthy. Most people say they feel full and satisfied and never feel deprived.
You can still eat some of your favorite foods. Small changes in the recipe can make your favorites healthier but not change the taste.
Eating healthier means you’ll never have to diet again. While it’s delicious and filling, it’s also lower in calories.
You’ll be amazed at just how good healthy food tastes. Many of the dishes use herbs and spices—which also add nutrients without adding calories—to create almost gourmet dishes.
Everyone has to get older, but not necessarily look older. Making lifestyle changes can keep you looking younger than you really are. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you stay in amazing shape forever. You’ll have more bounce in your step and even your skin will look younger than your years say it should. It’s never too late to start either. Changing life habits can’t reverse the past, but it can help your body to do just that. You’ll be amazed at the difference a healthier lifestyle makes.
Exercise stimulates the production of longer telomeres.
You may not have ever heard of telomeres and you’ll probably never see them, but they play an important role in protecting the cells. Just like aglets—the plastic tips on shoelaces—they add protection to help prevent DNA from being damaged, which prevents cell death and damage, the cause of aging and illness. That alone is enough to keep you looking younger, but exercise helps in even more ways.
Exercise stimulates circulation and sends life giving nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body.
As you exercise, your heart beats faster, speeding blood circulating throughout the body. The blood brings life-giving oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. That keeps your cells healthier and you looking great. Exercise also builds muscle tissue and burns calories to keep your body weight perfect. You’ll both build and tone muscle tissue, which makes you look marvelous.
A healthy diet provides all the nutrients to keep you in shape.
You don’t have to worry about overeating when you consume a healthy diet. Most people who opt for this lifestyle change find they always feel full and never feel deprived. Not only does a healthy diet provide valuable nutrients to help you stay in shape and younger looking and feeling, it also helps you lose weight without the pain and suffering that can come from dieting. When you combine a healthy diet with regular exercise fat doesn’t have a chance.
As you age, you lose muscle tissue faster. Regular exercise can help prevent that loss and keep you in shape longer.
Part of looking great is feeling great. Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins and burns off hormones created by stress, this can lift your spirits.
You’ll help prevent serious conditions with lifestyle changes, such as diet and a program of regular exercise. Studies show that both of these changes can help prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Not only will you look fantastic, you’ll feel sexier too. A program of regular exercise can boost your sex drive, while also giving you an irresistible appearance.