You hear so often terms such as “balanced diet” and “healthy lifestyle” that you might not know how to begin anymore in the practical implementation of such concepts. Following a diet is not the same thing with changing your lifestyle. We will discuss in detail the latter, as it is the surest and safest way to achieve an optimal health status for the rest of your life. Let’s see five fundamental eating principles you can follow to stay fit, happy, healthy, and safe from weight gain and possible illnesses.
1. Three Meals a Day Keep the Doctor Away
This is a principle even your grandma knew, but we tend to undermine this simple, basic rule of life. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it should be varied and full of proteins. Cereal, milk, eggs, cheese, and meat should be the main stars of any healthy breakfast, together with fruits and vegetables. Lunch and dinner should also be carefully planned and contain a diversified range of foods containing carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins your body and mind need.
2. Refined Sugar Is the Enemy
Weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and many subsequent illnesses may have in common the excess consumption of refined sugar. We take it with our coffee, sodas, processed foods and many more. Sugar is responsible for many health issues in children and adults, so cut it down a bit. You can replace it with honey, natural sweeteners, maple syrup and so on.
3. Processed Foods and Salt Don’t Go Great with Healthy Lifestyles
Don’t get us wrong, salt is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, just don’t overdo it. It may sound like a cliché, but keep under control your fast food intake and the consumption of processed foods. Child diabetes and obesity are not pop-culture myths, nor adult overweight problems or coronary diseases. If you crave for snacks, replace processed foods and fast food dishes at least three times a week with fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt and home-made food.
4. Sodas Are Not Your Best Friends
Sodas contain large quantities of sugar, sometimes caffeine, preservatives and other substances whose name you can’t even read on the can. They also have a negative effect on your stomach mucosa and intestines. Nobody says you should give them up completely, but try natural fresh juices for a change and home-made shakes or smoothies. They are healthier, easily tolerated by your body and sometimes a lot cheaper.
5. Your (Healthy) Munching Habits Can Save Your Life
Of course, we all love popcorn at the cinema, chips while watching TV at home and plenty of other snacks in between our main meals at the office. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you keep things under control. Try to replace once in a while the popcorn and chips with seeds and nuts, cakes with fruits or dark chocolate and snacks with fresh vegetables.
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