Since I am starting to eat healthier, I am more often than not following along according to an eating plan.
Recently I have begun walking/jogging again starting at 1-2 miles daily, and working out 3X’s a week at the YMCA.
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. Healthy body – healthy mind and all that you know… Remember that getting that blood flowing by moving around and 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 lately 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 just how difficult this is when they drive down the street and see a McDonald’s on every corner or a line of fast food restaurants along the roadside.
Our lives have become all about convenience and in exchange for convenience we have become among the most obese people in the world.
With our instant gratification lifestyles we also know that eating healthy can be a real challenge when unhealthy habits have become the norm.
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.
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.
Am 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 am keeping an activity log, taking pictures & making notes of what I eat. I will then analyze and adjust my eating plan to specifically focus on what is working for me. You want to do that for yourself too. Find out what makes you healthier and do more of it.
Hope I am not boring you with my new challenge, but writing about it keeps my focus sharp and on what I want.
P.S. – Some related articles on healthful eating especially if you are managing your weight.
One Weight Loss Tip That May Change Your Life
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5 Simple Steps To Eating healthfully On The Go
12 Weight Loss Secrets To Successfully Lose Weight