There are times of the year that I find it much easier to be healthy. We are now in the middle of the produce-friendly summer, and I have friends who consider a visit to the farmer’s market a valuable opportunity to catch up (although, quite honestly, we get distracted by the tomatoes that fold into themselves and the berries that are too temptingly fresh to make it all of the way home).
There are other times of year when it is not so easy. Say, anytime that someone makes pie. (I am sometimes that someone.) Or when cinnamon buns are in season.
Who better to teach us how to eat than a mother of two little ones who probably has ample experience saying the phrase “Eat your vegetables!” Ida Jones writes regularly about fitness tips and much more at Fitness Grit. She enjoys home-based workouts, cardio exercises and long runs. (Yes, she enjoys long-runs.) Ida loves spending her vacations outdoors with her kids around nature and she believes in the power of clean and healthy eating.
I’ll leave you with some satisfyingly lumpy tomatoes and Ida’s article:
Eat healthy, stay healthy: A mini guide!
Most of us love to eat and to try out new foods. To help you to stay curious, healthy and fit, I have a mini guide for you!
Following are a few dos and don’ts that I have found to be helpful and that may get you on the right track:
- Junk food can be an issue. Avoid eating junk food and try to replace it with healthy food that contain more fibre. The presence of fat, carbohydrates, and processed sugar in junk food contributes to an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other chronic health conditions.
- Canned food and items that are highly processed are not good for your health. Read the labels!
- Soft drinks contain harmful substances that can cause numerous health problems such as diabetes, heart diseases and obesity. Therefore, cutting them out can help you get rid of those extra pounds and make it easier for you to achieve your health goals.
- Overeating is another big issue for many of us. Binge eating can lead to obesity. The best approach is to divide your meals into smaller portions and eat food items that are rich in fibre, because they stabilize your energy levels and keep hunger at bay.
- Try eating foods that are natural. Go for raw vegetables and fresh fruits. Processed foods are harmful to your health in every way so choose the natural foods when you have the chance. Eat fresh and stay healthy!
- Dieting is harmful to your health. Never crash diet no matter how desperate you may be to lose weight. Starving yourself is not the solution. Instead, try to change your eating habits and opt for a balanced diet so that your body doesn’t fall short on nutrients.
- Consuming raw food is a great way to stay healthy. Add a salad to your everyday diet. Raw vegetables and fruits provide you with the necessary proteins, vitamins, and calcium that your body requires to stay healthy and fit.
- Be kind to your digestive system. Give it enough time to digest food. Consider having dinner at least three hours before you sleep. Food is not digested properly if you sleep right after eating.
- Chew your food well. When you chew food properly and slowly, your stomach gets time to digest it well.
- Take care of your water consumption. Drink lots of water every day. At least eight glasses per day will help you to stay hydrated, healthy and fresh. It will have a great effect on your skin too.
- Try adding natural honey to your everyday diet. Honey is a natural sweetener that brings along lots of health advantages for you.
All you need is nutrition (and love).