I used to run professionally in my high days and boy was I fast. As I grow more older and wiser I’ve learnt that i’s not all about just exercising it is also about what kind of food intake you consume. When working from home as I do I tend to find I might snack much more than I should especially on stressed days.
Eating healthy is something we all would like to do, although it can be hard. I can hear you say join the club.
In some ways I’m quite luckily because I have siblings who are health freaks. My brother is a well renowned British long jumper. My elder sister is a personal coach and dancer and my younger sister is well an exercise junkie so I guess that I’m in safe hands.
Well at least when it comes to those days when I feel like sitting down with a bag of sweet and salty popcorn all I have to do is take a look at my family and I say to myself I can do this.
In order to eat healthy, you must first make the right food choices. Eating healthy is all about what you eat, which makes the choices very crucial to your results.
Grains I’ve been told and remember I’m no expert this is just what I’ve been told by my gym weight loss coach. But I think you can pretty much find all this information on google. You should consume 6 ounces of grains per day. To do this, you can eat 3 ounces of whole grain cereals, breads, rice, crackers, or pasta. You can get an ounce of grains in a single slice of bread, or 1 cut of cereal.
These should be varied, as you should eat 2 1/2 cups of them each day. You should start eating more of the dark vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach. Carrots and sweet potatoes are good as well. You should also eat more dry beans such as peas, pinto beans, and even kidney beans.
Fruits are very important. You should try to eat 2 cups of them each day. Focus on eating a variety, such as fresh, frozen, canned, or even dried fruit. You can drink fruit juices as well, although you should use moderation when doing so.
Now I must confess I can not drink milk as milk makes me really sick so I leave this one out.
But of course this is for you so;Milk is your calcium rich friend. For adults, 3 cups is the ideal goal. For kids 2 – 8, 2 cups is where you want to be. When choosing milk products or yogurt, you should go for fat-free or low-fat. Those of you who don’t like milk or can’t have it, should go for lactose free products or other sources of calcium such as fortified foods and beverages.
Meat and beans
Eating 5 ounces a day is the ideal goal, as you should go lean with your protein. When eating meat, always bake it, grill it, or broil it, as this will prevent grease from adding to the equation. You should vary your protein as well, with more fish, beans, peas, and nuts.
When cooking your food, you should also limit solid fats such as butter, margarine, shortening, and lard. These foods may add flavor to your dishes, although they can also help raise your cholesterol as well. Therefore, you should try to add these foods and any foods that happen to contain them.
To help keep your saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium low, you can check the nutrition facts label. This label can be found on the food package and will tell you all the information you need to know about the food item.
By picking your foods wisely and watching what you eat, you’ll help control your lifestyle. Exercise is great as well, as it goes along perfect with a healthy eating lifestyle. No matter what your age may be, eating healthy will help you keep your active lifestyle for years and years – even help you and your health in the long run as well.
Author: Rachael Aprill Phillips
Bio: Rachael Aprill Phillips is the CEO and founder of The Richible Group a collective of companies whose vision is to help over a million people launch, run and grow a highly successful business. She was also named Top Global Marketing Expert by Huffington Post.