But once you really understand the reasons for eating healthy and know the healthy foods to eat, learning how to eat healthy is easy.
Why eat healthy? Eating healthy foods dramatically reduces your risk for all illnesses and chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. But that’s not all that healthy eating can do for you.
Eating healthy foods can also greatly improve your feelings of happiness!
Of course unhealthy foods can be addictive. So it takes commitment to learn how to eat healthy foods and switch to a healthy eating plan.
What are Healthy Foods? – The Big Four!
So are you eating healthy right now? Healthy eating isn’t just a “temporary” diet. To be healthy, eating healthy foods must become a way of life.
And the basis of how to eat healthy is in consistently choosing the healthy foods and nutrients that contribute to great health, fitness and vitality.
The essential “big” nutrients (macronutrients) are proteins, carbohydrates, fats and liquids. And since there are both unhealthy and healthy eating choices for each of the four, here’s how to choose healthy foods.
1. Healthy Protein comes from quality high protein foods. Choose mainly lean poultry (without the skin) and omega 3 fish. Bake, broil or grill your poultry and fish to stay lean and healthy. Include low-fat yogurt, cheese and other low fat dairy, eggs, beans and nuts.
2. Healthy Fats have fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. Choose 100% whole grains, nuts, seeds and omega 3 fish. Use olive oil for salads and cooking. Keep saturated fats low, good fats around 25% of calories and eliminate all trans fats.
3. Healthy Carbohydrates are generally complex carbohydrates that are low glycemic. Healthy carbs include fresh vegetables like raw carrots, red peppers, broccoli, kale, green leafy veggies and other high fiber foods like raw fruits, beans and healthy whole grains like brown rice, rolled oats, 100% whole wheat pasta, breads and crackers, plus low fat dairy. Avoid high glycemic carbs.
4. Healthy Liquids replenish you with water, which is an essential nutrient involved in every function of your body, including healthy digestion and elimination. Since water makes up two-thirds of your body, pure water is the best liquid to drink. Avoid sodas, fruit juice and other sweet drinks and limit alcohol and coffee.
For example, if you eat just 100 calories a day more than you burn off, you’ll gain about a pound a month or 10 pounds in a year. So managing your calories per day is a very important part of how to eat healthy.
Healthy Eating – Little Things that Mean a Lot!
The two essential “little” nutrients (micronutrients) are the vitamins and minerals (including phytonutrients) that are found in healthy foods.
Vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients because you need them in much smaller quantities than the “big” four macronutrients. But, even though they’re little, they make a big difference in your health.
• Healthy Vitamins & Minerals, found in nutritious, healthy foods, are vitally important to your health, sustained energy and resistance to all diseases, especially if you get them in optimum amounts.
But because of commercial farming practices, highly refined foods, environmental toxins and unhealthy food choices, all the micronutrients necessary for good health are just not available in our modern diets.
So besides eating healthy foods, it’s also very important to include high quality vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient nutritional health supplements. And when eating healthy to lose weight, good quality supplements help keep your nutrition high, even when your calorie count is low.
Plus, daily exercise can burn calories and increase metabolism naturally. Exercise also helps your body assimilate nutrients and eliminate toxins.
Dipping into the Real Fountain of Youth
Taking natural supplements that come from healthy food sources is such a simple nutritional concept that it’s often overlooked for something flashier.
So don’t buy into slick product marketing promising a delusional fountain of youth. But is there a real fountain of youth available? Absolutely!
It consists of drinking pure water, eating healthy foods and taking quality supplements to make sure you get healthy protein, carbohydrates, fats and liquids, plus optimum vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
What results can you expect from this optimal-nutrition healthy eating plan?
You’ll more than likely live a lot longer. But way more importantly, as you can see from the chart above, you’ll age more slowly and experience a much higher quality of life and health while you’re still alive.
Now it’s time to take learning how to eat healthy one step at a time.
Start by making a commitment to your healthy eating plan by taking quality supplements, drinking pure water and choosing more healthy foods.
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