In modern times, proper nutrition has become a know and critical key to preventing diseases and obesity. Good eating habits can be established at any age. Many parents are starting to raise their children with nutrition awareness from a young age. Nutrition is just one factor that can help prevent diseases and heal your body. After all, we are what we eat. Our body requires nourishment in order to function at a maximum capacity.
A healthy and happy life starts with the proper lifestyle. That means having a good consistent diet, with proper balanced meals, regular exercise and practicing methods to reduce unnecessary stress, like Yoga & Meditation. There are endless diets you can find. Many people often ask me about Crash Diets. These diets might help you in shed a few pounds shortly, however, if you don’t change your lifestyle and learn proper eating habits – you will gain the weight back. It is just a matter of time.
Aside for the short lived results of Crash Diets, these diets are very stressful. For most individuals they are impossible to keep up with. These diets are known to cause fatigue and have other negative physical side effect. Our body does not respond well to these diets. One thing most crash diets forget is to include vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are found in food. For example, vitamins C is found in oranges and the mineral calcium is found in dairy products.
If you are trying to loose weight, keep in mind that you should follow proper nutrition guidelines. There are many online apps, such as myFitnessPal, that will calculate a nutrition guideline specifically for you. It will also calculate vitamins, minerals salts and more. The results from any app are recommendations for the healthy active individuals, if you have diabetes, edema, or any other health issues please see a nutritionist or your doctor for your individual recommendations. These apps will let you log food you intake, making it easier to stick your daily nutritional needs.
After all is said and done, a proper nutrition and diet are better than any crash diet.
We all know sticking to a diet is hard. Here are some of my personal tips for sticking to a healthy diet:
- Drink water – this is very important! hydrate! Water is the required for the body to burn fat.
- Eating well balanced meals will not leave you fatigued, frustrated or hungry.
- Eating a good breakfast will create a foundation for a good day.
- Make sure you eat at least three full meals a day and a healthy snacks between meals.
- Add a physical activity as your routine.
- Avoid any sweets, sodas, deep fried food, high sodium foods, and reduce caffeine intake.
- Get organized, decide what you are going to eat in advance and prepare your food ahead of time.
- Take food with you to work or school. It will prevent the temptation of eating junk or fast food.
- Avoid eating out. If you must, make eating out an option only on a special occasion.
- When you go shopping, look for fresh (organic when possible) fruits and vegetables.
- Read and stay up to date with new nutritional information.