Our bodies evolved in harmony with the earth. They are amazingly complex adaptations to what the earth provides. We were given every ingredient we need for good health. But the current prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other problems, tells us that something has gone awry. These tips on nutrition are designed to help you get your body back to a state of harmonious health.
People think that because they have no carbs that they are helping their body out. This is not true, your body needs carbs in order to function properly. While you should be aware of how many carbs you are consuming a day, don’t eliminate them all together. You want a balance in your body, and carbs is a part of that balance.
Try to substitute healthy alternatives for fatty or sugary foods you enjoy. For example, instead of a bowl of ice cream, you can have some yogurt with fruit. Instead of french fries, try half of a baked potato. You don’t have to cut out all the good tasting food in your life, just make healthier choices about what the tasty things you do eat.
Try new ways to eat foods you eat on a regular basis. Instead of just eating plain yogurt, pour a bit of honey in and experience a new taste sensation. Instead of always steaming broccoli, trying frying it up with a few other vegetables. You’ll be more likely to eat healthily if you have fun with it.
When considering your nutrition, be sure to watch out for foods that may appear healthy but end up being quite the opposite. There can be a lot of hidden fat and sodium in otherwise healthy looking snacks. Smoothies can end up having a lot of fat calories and sugar depending on the ingredients used. Energy bars can be a hidden source of a large amount of calories. Fat free foods can contain the same amount of calories as regular versions.
Eating several servings of fruit each day is an important component of a healthy diet. Not only will you add those essential minerals and vitamins to your body, but you will also strengthen its defenses against the negative effects of stress. Consuming fruit will enable your body to benefit from antioxidants, which may help to minimize the impact of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are defined as chemical compounds that may potentially lead to the development of disease.
Most of the time we fall prey to unhealthy or indulgent foods simply by tossing them in the grocery cart. Exercising restraint at the supermarket is immensely easier than exercising restraint when the culprit is only steps away in your refrigerator or cabinet. By making unhealthy or processed foods inaccessible, you are doing yourself (and your body) a huge favor.
By now, you have probably started to understand the complex systems by which our bodies ingest and use nutrients. You have seen how good nutrients lead to good health. These tips are just a beginning. Now it is up to you to shop with care, eat a balanced diet of quality foods, and embrace good eating habits, so you can achieve optimal health.