What is healthy living? A healthy diet consists of 1. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. This is possibly one of the best diet habits to be developed.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential nutrients (especially vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants) and keep you fuller for a longer period of time by keeping you fuller for longer. So what are some good eating habits to develop? Eating regularly, having 5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day is recommended. This would give you the following recommended servings: a medium-size bowl of rice, a cup of chopped vegetables such as onions, a medium-size bowl of soup, a medium-size bowl of dry porridge or baked beans, a medium-size bowl of chilled unsalted peas and carrots, a cup of cooked lean meat or fish. Obviously, these are just guides, and you may add or take away from them to create your personal healthy recipe.
Eating habits aside, it’s also important to get the right amount of nutrients in your diet. Eating healthily doesn’t mean starving yourself – no matter how busy you are. It also means making the right food choices. Avoid eating lots of ‘junk foods’ like chocolate, junk cigarettes, biscuits, chips, and tinned goods. They contain low nutritious ingredients, empty calories and can make you gain weight.
Your body needs plenty of energy to function properly and remain strong and healthy. Snacking throughout the day is fine but make sure you make healthy choices when you do snack. Choose foods that contain protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy oils, such as olive oil. Choose healthy snacks such as dried fruits, nuts, seeds, granola bars, and vegetables. Make sure your snacks are not high in sugar or fat.
To keep yourself on track with your balanced diet, set daily goals and reward yourself when you meet them. Set achievable targets for how much fruit and vegetable you should consume and reward yourself accordingly. Please write down your goals for the day and record when you’ve met them, so you know you’re on the right track. If you find that you are easily distracted or forgetful, set reminders on your smartphone or computer, so you remember to take care of yourself.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not difficult if you set small goals and work towards them each day. Many people will find it difficult to maintain a balanced diet and exercise because they feel that they’ll be under pressure if they have too much stuff going on in their life. But a healthy lifestyle really encompasses all aspects of your life, including your diet and your work.
You shouldn’t feel bad if you eat out at restaurants or snack on junk food because you’re paying for it in increased health costs. Just make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of convenience food you eat and replace it with healthier options, like fruits and vegetables. It might not be easy to give up a cup of coffee in the morning, but the extra effort will pay off when you feel better for it. You could even try to make healthy coffee yourself if you don’t feel like drinking the instant kind, which is often cheaper than regular coffee. And remember, coffee itself is full of antioxidants, which can boost your immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
A balanced diet and regular exercise can also help you avoid heart disease and cancer. It’s important to work with your dietician or doctor to determine what type of diet and exercise will support your particular needs and lifestyle. But most importantly, don’t forget about your friends and family. While you might need a personal support person if you have health problems, having friends and family who encourage you and who you can talk to will take a major burden off your chest. By doing just a few things such as getting a yearly checkup and including exercise and nutrition in your daily activities-you can ensure that you live a long and happy life free of heart disease and cancer.