Healthy eating is a major part of our health. Whether you have a specific goal, like losing weight, or just want to improve your overall health, diet and food will play a large role in your healthy lifestyle. You may have no interest in losing weight, but you may be wondering why you feel tired all of the time and want to have more energy. Diet may be a place where you can improve your health by eating the right foods.
We touched on diet in our recent blog post 11 Tips for Living a Healthier Lifestyle. Note, while healthy eating is extremely important, it’s also important to regularly exercise. Eating the right diet can improve heart health, prevent diabetes, make us feel better and give us more energy.
Different diets work for different people. By the word “diet,” we mean the food you eat every day. It’s important to get the following foods on a daily basis:
Protein – This includes meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, etc. Try to grass-fed meat when possible.
Fruits – The healthiest way to consume fruit is to eat whole fruits. Eat fruit in moderation because they contain more sugars than other foods.
Vegetables – Vegetables are a great food because they are nutrient dense and low in calories. Make sure the vegetables your eating are prepared with healthy methods.
Ask you cook throughout the day, you may also use natural oils for cooking, like coconut oil or olive oil.
The following are a few tips for eating healthy:
-Keep your diet low in carbohydrates.
-Keep your diet low in sugars, unless they come from whole fruits.
-Eat less processed foods. Try to eat whole foods and prepare your own meals.
-Eat when you’re hungry.
Popular Diets: As a part of our Healthy Eating 101 post, we’d like to include some baseline information on popular diets out there.
Keto – The keto diet stands for “ketogenesis.” When a person limits carbohydrates in their diet, the liver begins producing ketones and the body burns stored fats. This diet has also been used to control blood sugar. Under the keto diet, junk food and refined carbohydrates are limited.
Paleo – The paleo diet, also know as the “caveman diet,” stands for “Paleolithic.” It refers to the Paleolithic Era and suggests that people eat the same way they used to during that time. Under the paleo diet, no grains (including wheat, rice and corn) are consumed. Sugar is limited to whole fruits and people also avoid beans and peanuts. To learn more about the paleo diet, look up the work of Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain.
Clean Eating - Clean eating refers to eating micro-nutrient dense food and staying away from processed foods.
Do what works best for you. You can try one of these diets for 30 days and see how it affects your mind and your body. Ask yourself the following questions:
-“Do I feel better?”
-“Do I have more energy?”
-“How is my relationship with food changing?”
Lastly, share your tips for eating healthy with us!