Tuesday, May 1, 2007

EATING FOR WELLBEING


By eating a healthy diet, you will enjoy good health and an abundance of vitality. Naturally occurring foods contain all the nutrients that we require for sustained good health, providing high energy levels, emotional balance, disease prevention or immune functions and mental purity. Eating nutrient rich foods gives optimum nutrition that will enhance your lifestyle and well being.

Here are some simple dietary changes that will have a constructive effect upon your body and on the way that you feel.

1. Start each day with a glass of hot water to cleanse the digestive system – add some lemon or a touch of unsweetened apple juice for a great taste.
2. Fresh fruits and vegetables should make the biggest portions of your diet. These foods usually contain the highest levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber and water, but are low in calories.
3. Try using large variety of fruits & vegetables especially greens also don’t forget about the spinach, dark green cabbage leaves.
4. Don’t stick to tuna for every meal try reef fish [white fish] which is also a great source of proteins.
5. Try to avoid processed, tinned, packaged and refined food with a long list of ingredients, particularly preservative and additives take your time and make a habit to read the ingredient list which we always forget. The less added ingredients, the closer to the original foodstuff you are. Fill up on basic but nutritious foods.

Healthy eating is all about balance – you don’t need to cut anything out altogether, but just ensure that overall dietary intake is good, offsetting any processed, refined foods with plenty of healthier nutritious choices.

TIPS

Eat unrefined whole grains.
Swap white rice for brown, white or granary bread for whole meal and choose porridge over refined breakfast cereals. Whole grains contain more fiber, minerals and vitamins. A normal mistake we all do choosing brown bread instead of white bread, brown bread has no difference at all other than the additional coloring used. CHOOSE WHOLE MEAL BREADS
Choose high quality foods.
By choosing un-farmed, free range fresh protein foods you will be ingesting a higher quality of meat, eggs and fish. Unshelled nuts has more nutrients than shelled, salted or flavored nuts, Eat oily fish, nuts or seeds to provide yourself with essential fatty acids.
Cut down anti nutrients.
Coffee and tea are all anti nutrients – they don’t really provide any nutrients for your body. Its beneficial to cut down on coffee or tea if you are consuming in large quantities. Plan an occasionally cup of tea or coffee rather than it being a daily habit.
Eat nutrients rich foods.
Make each meal colorful with nutrients rich foods – generally, the darker the color of the vegetables, the more nutrient rich it is. Swap iceberg lettuce into spinach leaves and white cabbage for nutrient rich dark green cabbage.
Don’t peel the skin from fruits
Skin of fruits contains lots of fibers which is essential.

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