Eating healthy as what you eat is what you are
A healthy diet is just as important as exercising in order to maintain a healthy body. You might run, play sports or go to the gym seven days a week, but if your diet consists permanently of greasy, sugary, fried and processed foods, your body will never be the way you want it to look even with copious amounts of exercise.
The below tips are things that we hear over and over again but we always fail to adhere to them. That’s okay.Today can always be the first day of your new outlook towards a healthier you.
1. Maintain lots of fiber in your diet
Having lots of fiber in your diet will ease digestion and will enable you to have soft, regular bowel movements, preventing constipation. Fiber also acts like a “scrub” in your intestine and helps to clean out bacteria buildup. It also slows down the rate of sugar absorption in the bloodstream, preventing blood glucose from rising too fast. Fiber can be found in grains, beans, and fruits.
2. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh fruit and vegetables are absolutely an essential part of your diet. Most fruit and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are high in fiber. They also have plenty of essential vitamins and minerals that are needed by your body for vital cell processes.
3. Cut down on processed foods
Processed foods such as burgers, fries, packaged cakes and cookies, chips, candies and processed meats contains high amounts of preservatives, unsaturated fats and sodium. Processed foods also go through a thorough cycle of extreme heating and cooling, losing vital nutrients that are good for the body. Imagine flooding your body with a high calorie diet, which has no other nutrients except fat, salt and sugar. There is a term for this and it is called empty calories. All those hours you spent slaving away on the treadmill would be for nothing.
4. Drink lots of water
We have heard this since we were young. The body is made up of 70% water. We lose this naturally through evaporation, sweating and in our excrement. Our skin naturally needs moisture to maintain elasticity and keep it supple and moist. Also when we exercise, we lose even more water from our body and it is very important to drink at least eight glasses of water a day or risk dehydration.
One way you can tell whether you are dehydrated is to pinch your skin. If your skin naturally falls back into its natural state within 1 or 2 seconds, you are sufficiently hydrated.
However, if your skin takes 5 seconds or longer to fall back into shape, perhaps it’s time to quench your thirst.
One of the things I found that helped to eat healthier was to write down what I ate for that day. I made sure I had all the good stuff, my fiber, my vitamins, my fruits and vegetables and drank plenty of water. Only after I had fulfilled those requirements, I allow myself a snack. You don’t have to cut back on totally on chocolate, but have it in moderation, or switch to a healthier alternative. For example, instead of milk chocolate, try dark chocolate. Instead of sugary sweet cookies, try oat cookies.
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