Eating Healthy And According To A Preset Eating Plan

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icedteaSince I have started eating healthier, I am more often than not following along according to a plan.

I have begun walk/jogging again starting at 1-1 1/2 miles daily and this will increase gradually as my weight drops off.

I have big goals this year and in order to make them happen, I need all the energy I can create by losing weight and exercising regularly.

Realization: Making my everyday diet healthier allows me to improve the way I think as well as the way I look. Remember that exercising regularly is a big part of healthy living.

It’s never too late to change our eating habits, we need to have the personal motivation to do it. So I have been reading a lot on healthy food choices so I can drive my energy supply up through the roof! Here are some things I am keeping in mind for healthy eating.


Eating for a Healthier Me

Most people know they need to improve their diets in one way or another.  They also recognize how difficult this is when you drive down the street and you see a McDonald’s on every corner or a line of fast food restaurants along the side of the road.

Our lives have all become about convenience and in exchange for convenience we have become the most obese country in the world.  With our instant gratification lifestyles we also know that eating healthy can be a challenge.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way and there are steps that we can take to balance the good and the bad, so that we can enjoy a Happy Meal with the kids on occasion.

Making our everyday diet healthier will allow us to improve the way we look, as well as the way we think.  It’s never too late to change our eating habits, we need to have the personal motivation to do it.

eggsIs Your Diet Healthy Enough?

Everyone wants a healthier diet, but with all of the conflicting nutrition information in the media it is hard to determine what type of diet is healthy.

There are many factors that contribute to a healthy diet.  It is important to evaluate the current diet that you eat before you embark on a plan to become a healthier eater.

Begin by answering these simple questions:

Do I eat a good variety of different foods? Variety is one of many important parts of a healthy diet.  It is important to eat foods from all of the food groups.  If you find yourself avoiding certain food groups, such as fruits and vegetables, then it may be time to adjust the way you eat.

Do I eat enough fruits and vegetables? It is important to choose from a variety of different fruits and vegetables.  In fact, you want to get all of the different colors of these foods in your diet because each offers their own unique vitamins and minerals that are essential to your diet.  Eat dark greens, reds, oranges and yellows.

Do I eat breakfast? The absence of breakfast is a good indicator that you are not eating very healthy.  If you don’t eat breakfast you need to begin working on that aspect of your diet, as your body may think that it’s starving.

steakAm I eating enough healthy fats? There are good fat alternatives in a variety of foods including all free range and organic dairy and meats.  A great way to avoid a lot of bad fats are to prepare your own meals instead of eating prepared foods such as TV dinners.

Do I drink adequate pure water?  Water is the foundation to life.  Your body needs plenty of water and is important for maintaining a healthy diet.  If you drink a lot of soda or coffee, you may be dehydrating yourself and derailing your health.

Am I able to manage my ideal body weight? Gaining weight without trying is a sign of a poor diet.  Following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

Do I limit the amount of salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine that I consume? These are okay in moderation, but a lot of people use these in excessive amounts.  These four elements can wreak havoc on a healthy diet.

Am I active and moving around enough? Exercising regularly, even just walking daily will help keep our matabolic rate in a healthy range.

I find that by keeping an activity log, taking pictures & making notes of what I eat, and then analyzing and adjusting my eating plan, I can ask myself these questions and more often than not I come up with increasingly positive answers of late.

Hope I am not boring you with my new challenge, but writing about it keeps my focus sharp and on my goals.


P.S. – Some related articles on healthful eating especially if you are managing your weight.
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Eating Healthy And According To A Preset Eating Plan
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