Healthy Eating for a Healthy Body
Healthy eating means many things to many people, and everyone has different goals for the perfect diet. The key to following a healthy diet is to find a diet you can stick with for the rest of your life. A diet should not be simply a temporary change in the way you live, eat and exercise. Rather, it should be a permanent change that you can live with day in and day out, year in and year out.
For some people, a healthy diet can be as simple as increasing the number of fruits and vegetables in the daily meal plan. For others, a radical change, involving strict control of fat and cholesterol, may be required.
Of course, what is needed will depend on the goal of each individual. The serious runner in search of greater conditioning will, of course, have different goals than the couch potato who is concerned about the possibility of heart disease.
Even though every person will different goals when it comes to healthy eating, the basic tenets of healthy eating are the same. The most important thing is to eat a good variety of foods while eating less of the bad stuff and more of the good.
That may sound like an oversimplification, but it really is that easy. Putting that simple concept into proactive, however, is the hard part. Everyone wants to eat healthier, but there are so many temptations in today’s world that healthy eating can be very difficult. So to help you need to make healthy choices as appealing as unhealthy ones. We have specialised in that exact plan with our own food. It really does look good and it has a taste to match.
We love experimenting with new recipes to bring excitement and adventure to healthy eating. Our chefs have an abundance of knowledge, coupled with a quick perusal of our favourite low fat or healthy eating cookbooks present us with many fun and exciting recipes to conjure up for you.
Another way I like to make healthy foods appealing is by buying a wide variety of colourful and exotic fruits at the local supermarket. There are usually more varieties of fruits and vegetables at the local store that at my local M&S. So try some of these exotic offerings as a new adventure.
It is also important to know that eating healthier does not necessarily mean making a radical change. There are very simple things we do and you can follow; such as cutting the skin off your chicken breast or trimming the fat from your favourite steak, that can result in significant fat reductions and health improvements. Dieters should not overlook the importance of these small changes when seeking a healthier diet.
Other examples of small changes resulting in healthier eating include:
Replacing whole milk with skim or 2%, both in recipes and for drinking
Snacking on sorbet or low-fat frozen yoghurt instead of premium ice cream
Spraying pans with nonfat cooking spray instead of using butter or margarine
Replacing high-fat cuts of meat with leaner ones
Eating more fish and less red meat
There are hundreds of other such tips I will add over the coming months as they can all add up to significant health improvements, whether your goal is to get fit, lose weight or improve your level of health. No matter who you are or what your current level of fitness, eating a healthier diet and losing weight may be easier than you think.
In the end, a lot of eating a healthy diet, improving your level of fitness, and managing your consumption of fat and cholesterol boils down to common sense. Depriving yourself of your favourite foods can be counterproductive to a long term dietary change. Deprivation leads inevitably to cravings, and that can start a vicious cycle of dieting and splurging.
It is best to think of healthy eating as a marathon rather than a sprint. The goal of any healthy eating program should be to make easy, lifelong changes in the way you shop, cook and dine. Only by making changes that you can follow for a lifetime will you truly be able to enjoy a healthy diet. If you haven’t been on one of our meal plans, then it might be the right time to give us a try. We take all the guesswork out of the equation, leaving you with the simple steps of ordering, receiving and eating delicious nutritious food.
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