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Basic Principles and guidelines of healthy eating

Healthy eatingTwo of the most important things you have to do to improve your general health are to increase your activity levels along with maintaining healthy eating. Healthy diet just means that you eat mostly healthy foods. It sounds simple but in fact it is not so easy.

Healthy foods are often not delicious ones and on other hand the temptation of unhealthy but tasty food is almost irresistible. But do not wary there is solution. There is a great variety of healthier food choices, so you almost certainly can find replacements of those you don’t like to eat. Moreover there are plenty of healthy recipes which combine the beneficial with the tasteful.

How to know which foods are good for you and which are healthier than others?

There is a lot of information about this topic on the internet, or you can consult a health expert for that matter. Here we will take a look at the basic principles of healthy eating.

Understanding what healthy food is, how you should eat and how much you need. Before starting an eating plan you have to define your goal – a target weight and then find out what is the approximate daily caloric recommendation for achieving and maintaining such weight. In order for the body to work properly you have to supply it with the necessary amount of calories and to provide it with the needed quantities of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

When following a healthy diet plan you should remember to:

1). Try to eat various different colored foods. Different foods are sources of various nutritional values – different vitamins and minerals. And your body needs not only one or two of them it needs all of them in order to function properly. So the more colorful your meals are the better and healthier they are for you.

If you take that in mind when shopping you could aim at fruits and vegetables of different color. You should see green, red, yellow and orange ones. And if you pick up apples, strawberries, bananas and oranges you will notice that you have made a large color selection.

2). Try to eat food from all food groups. The basic problem with most of the diets is that they restrict foods of certain groups. For example a protein diet tells you to stay away from carbohydrates, which is not so good for you, because you will exclude important nutrition components from your diet which is not the healthiest choice. So once again the key is to eat different foods.

Generally, fruits and veggies will take a large part of your daily meals, but you will certainly need sufficient amounts of carbohydrates (potatoes, rice and whole grain foods), proteins (chicken, turkey, fish) and “good” fats (flaxseed oil, hazel nuts, almonds). Overall, you will need a great variety from all food groups to maintain healthy eating.

3). When snacking, do it on healthy foods. Snacking is often considered as weight-gaining factor, but that’s not always true. If you choose fruits, vegetables, nuts or seeds instead of chips or biscuits you will have a healthy snack.

diet+myths+busted+diet+culture+intuitive+eatingIn fact snacking on the right foods is recommended for healthy and balanced eating. It will keep you full until the next main meal and also when you eat you keep your metabolism at a high rate in which case more calories are burned. So by snacking in between meals you will keep your metabolism high for longer periods.

Since you know which foods you like and which you don’t, the above tips can help you to choose a good working eating plan for you.

There is still another problem with your favorite but not so healthy foods – should you forget about them completely or otherwise? Sometimes depriving yourself for too long from your favorite meal will make you crave for it so much that sooner or later you will “break the rules”. And since we are happy when we are doing things we like, the same goes with eating foods we like.

So it will be all right to have your favorite foods once in a while. If you manage to maintain a long-lasting healthy living this will not have any negative reflection on your health or body shape.

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