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A Common Sense Guide to Healthier Eating

Chances are that you can use a bit of a tune up when it comes to your
diet and nutrition. None of us are perfect eaters 100% of the time,
but it’s always a good idea to strive towards being as healthy as we can
be when it comes to food.
Many of us have lost sight of the fact that food is here to be fuel
for our body. It’s not a comfort device and it’s not meant to be a
source of pleasure per se, such as that pleasure that we feel when we
indulge in that double fudge cake or a tub of ice cream. It’s time for
most of us to re-establish a healthy relationship with our food to
improve our health and to help trim our tummies.
Watch what you Drink
Most of the beverages out there are absolutely unnecessary for us to
consume. Apart from water and low fat milk or soy milk, we really don’t
need to be drinking anything else. Alcoholic beverages are loaded with
sugars, coffees and teas are loaded in caffeine, and soda has both tons
of sugar and caffeine which are not good for our health.
Even fruit juices are so full of sugar that they can be more of a
detriment to our health than a benefit. Drink water and drink it
regularly to not only keep your body hydrated, but to also flush out the
toxins that may be causing weight gain and bloating, and to keep
yourself feeling full for longer so that you don’t reach for those
unhealthy snack foods.
Fruits and Vegetables are Important
Most of us just aren’t eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables
these days. While a daily multivitamin will help ensure that we are
obtaining the correct amount of nutrients we need, nothing tops eating
fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you have found yourself struggling to include these in your diet
before, make a point to have 1 or 2 servings of fruits and/or vegetables
with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try to add them into a smoothie or
into any pasta dishes that you may be making, and make an effort to have
one snack a day have fruits or vegetables be the sole focus. The goal
is to get 5 to 10 servings each and every day for optimal health. The
best thing about fruits and vegetables is that they are great for weight
loss. They keep us feeling full for longer, and the sugars in the
fruits and vegetables will help allay any cravings for “bad” foods.
Make Wholegrain Substitutions
One of the easiest things you can do to improve your health is to
look at all of the “white” foods that you eat and make them “brown”.
This means that the white tortilla shells, the white rice, and the white
pasta you enjoy should all be tossed out and replaced with whole grain
alternatives. There seems to virtually be a whole grain substitute for
any “grain” or “bread” product out there these days, including dinner
rolls and French loafs, so always go for the “brown” product over the
“white”.
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