Maintaining a balanced diet, filled with nutrients from the most varied sources, can be equaled with having a healthy diet. As with everything else in life, finding the middle path and avoiding any kind of excesses is the key. And, even if sometimes it may prove difficult, the long term benefits will make you congratulate yourself for the decisions you’ve made. Even if those decisions were to skip some of those bacon dishes or those ice cream desserts.
And you can start eating healthier without giving up on your favorite products from day one. This is a change that should happen gradually, for your body to become accustomed with your new lifestyle. So you can start by filling half of your plate just with vegetables (the red, orange, and dark green ones are the best). In this way, you will be certain that you have had your necessary amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Then switch to whole grains, if you insist on eating bread. Whole foods are always healthier than the other types of food – so, when switching, look for the whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur, oatmeal, quinoa, wild rice, and buckwheat breads. Of course, at times, even if these ingredients are mentioned, you should keep your eyes wide open and check for something else as well.
And that something else is the daily sodium intake, which is recommended to stay below 2,300 milligrams daily. So, from the start, you should give up on purchasing almost all types of processed foods (one other reason why you should avoid processed foods is because the majority also contain added sugars).
A healthy diet should also include the necessary amount of liquids, in order to help the liver. And since sodas, energy drinks, and sport drinks all contain added sugars, you’d be better off with two liters of filtered water daily. If you do want a bit of flavor to your drink, just squeeze a slice of lemon or add some watermelon or some freshly made juice to your beverage. You won’t just help your liver, but you will also diminish the calories intake and increase the intake of vitamins.
As far as the meats are concerned, switching to lean meats is the next step. Poultry and turkey (without skin and preferably the breast), particular cuts of beef (such as rump roast and flank steak) and pork (such as center loin) should be more than enough. Add fish (such as salmon and tuna) and seafood (crabs, mussels, and oysters) to your meals and you will have changed your diet with a healthier one.
And also, just as important – try as much as possible to maintain a schedule and never skip any of the meals.
And finally, as we said, avoid excess of any kind! Even the healthiest of all foods can be harmful if they aren’t consumed when necessary.