Your general state of health can be affected by any number of things, but healthy eating may be the most important. More and more studies are showing just how much of an impact the food we eat has on our well-being. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that the current information always seems to be in a state of change. One moment something is healthy, and the next it is labeled as pure poison, and then the following week it’s healthy again. It’s enough to make anybody scream! Not to worry, though, as we are going to sort things out so you can eat healthy, and feel good about making the right choices.
Before we go any further, it’s worth remembering that you should always talk to your personal physician about what foods are best for you. Okay, now on to the healthy eating!
It’s true that new discoveries are being made about food, and a lot of these discoveries can be confusing. However, it’s also a good idea to stay current, so what can you do? The first thing to do is consider the source of the information, and see if they may have an agenda. For example, if the National Bacon Advisory Conglomerate suddenly says that bacon is better than broccoli, then you would want to question the validity of that finding. The second thing to do is ask yourself if the information makes sense based in what you already know. You’re a smart person, so if something sounds too good (or bad) to be true, then it probably isn’t true.
You would think that a diet plan would be the best source for a healthy eating plan, but this is not always the case. Too many fad diets rely on gimmicks at the expense of nutrition. Yes, you may be able to lose weight on some of these plans, but you could also be losing vital nutrients at the same time. Avoid diets that make too many restrictions on the foods you can eat, and opt for those which include a wide variety of foods from all of the food groups.
Fiber is one of the cornerstones of healthy eating. It will help you to feel fuller, will keep your digestive system running smoothly, and may be able to reduce your risk of certain diseases. Try to get 30 grams of fiber each day (check with your doctor to see if you should have more or less), and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you are currently not eating much fiber, then slowly build up to 30 grams a day to prevent cramping.
When it comes right down to it, healthy eating is about making better choices. Yes, you can still eat the foods you love, but choose the healthier options more often. You already have a good idea of what’s healthy and what isn’t, and you will start to feel better once you put that knowledge to good use.