Good Food Guide
Following a good food guide is a simple way to ensure that you get the food you need to stay healthy. Eating properly isn’t just about losing weight, following a good food guide can help you to have more energy, sleep better, feel sharper mentally, and look and feel better.
Perhaps most importantly, it is also a vital step to take if you want to improve your health. Most of the diseases that are so prevalent in modern Western societies, such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, are the result of poor diet.
Although many people continue to eat poorly, research ahs provided most of the information we need to eat healthily. There are several key steps you can take to improve your diet:
Eat Regularly: Many people fall into bad habits liker skipping breakfast or going without meals during the day then eating a huge meal at night. These types of irregular eating patterns can lead to out-of-control hunger – when you do eventually eat you tend to make bad choices and overeat. By simply eating breakfast every day, and eating at regular intervals throughout the day, you can dramatically improve your diet.
Eat a Variety of Foods: Your diet should include a variety of healthy foods such as whole-grains, fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, beans, nuts and seeds. This way you ensure that you get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Not only is a limited diet boring, it also deprives your body of the key nutrients it needs for optimal health.
Reduce Your Intake of Processed Food: Processed foods are one of the biggest problems with the modern diet – they may seem convenient, but they are typically loaded with sugar, fat, salt and chemical additives. Not sure how to know if something is over processed? If it has more than two ingredients that you can’t identify, or sounds like something from a chemistry set, avoid it.
Enjoy Whole Grains, Fruit and Vegetables: So if you aren’t eating processed foods, what do you eat? It’s simple – choose a wide variety of whole-grains, fruits and vegetables. They are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients, and should form the bulk of your diet.
Eat Less: The chances are, you eat way more per day calories than you need. According to the FAO (The UN Food and Agriculture Organization), people in the developed world eat an average of around 3,500 calories per day – this is almost double the recommended daily consumption for women of 1800 calories per day. By reducing your portion sizes and avoiding overeating you can do much to improve your health.
Eat More Protein: Research has shown that protein is the most satisfying of the three main types of food (fat, protein, carbs), meaning that when you eat a meal with some protein in it, you will feel full for longer. By ensuring that you include some protein with every meal, you can do much to reduce your cravings for sweets and snacks between meals.