A good, healthy diet is fundamental both for your body and for your health. Eating healthy is about the energy you have to take for your day, making your body function properly, feeling great and achieving short and long term good health. Below, I am giving some guidelines for healthy eating:
Basic rules for healthy eating.
#1 Cut down foods that contain trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol
The above kind of fats, which are also called bad fats, are extremely harmful and damaging to your health as they increase the amount of cholesterol in your blood which, subsequently leads to heart disease.
On the other hand you need foods that are rich in the good fats, namely the Monounsaturated fats, Polyunsaturated fats as well as Omega -3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. You have to eat on a daily basis food that contains the good, healthy fat because it supports and nurtures your heart, skin, brain, your cells and your hair as well. The good, healthy fat protects your heart, reduces blood cholesterol and also improves your mood.
•Stay away from sweets and all types of confectionery products irrelevant of their size or taste because they all contain saturated and trans fat: Biscuits, cakes, pastry, chocolates, pies, butter, cream, lard. Also, stay away from meat products that are also high in saturated and trans fat: Pastries, sausages, burgers, red meat and whole-milk dairy products like high-fat cheese.
• Choose foods with Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats: Hazelnuts, almonds, olive oil, avocados, sesame, legumes (beans), pumpkin, corn, walnuts and soybeans. Also go for foods high in Omega -3 and Omega-6 fatty acids: Sardines, Salmons and Herrings.
#2 Eat food that is rich in fiber and whole-grain
Whole grains and high-fiber foods are very well known to keep you full longer during your day, they have half the calories than high fat foods and they are also full of vitamins and minerals. In that way, you control what you eat and you certainly control your weight. Start your day with wholegrain cereals which are full of fiber.
During your day, make sure that you take at least three servings of whole-grain varieties and fiber-rich foods like rice, pasta, potatoes, bread, dry peas and beans as they help you decrease the cholesterol levels in your diet.
#3 Eat plenty of vegetable and fruits
Fruits and vegetables must be a basic part of your daily diet and ideally you should be eating no less than 5 portions of these nutrients every day. Vegetables and fruits are the basis of a healthy nutritional plan since they are full of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Take also into consideration that if you regularly consume fruits, naturally sweet vegetables and greens from a young age you will not suffer from chronic diseases later in your life.
#4 Eat breakfast
You may not be eating breakfast either because you have no time while preparing for your work or because you do it deliberately to lose weight. It is completely unhealthy to skip breakfast.
You have to allow plenty of time every morning for your breakfast because it is vital to start your day with protein, vitamins and fiber from good and healthy diet varieties. Breakfast is also necessary for your weight loss goals as you can only achieve a normal and healthy weight if you incorporate it in your daily schedule.
#5 Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks.
Your daily healthy diet is also about what you drink and how much you drink. You have to drink no less than 1.5 liters of water in the Winter and no less than 2 liters of water during the Summer. Water is vital for our body so that it can function properly, it stays hydrated and it also keeps our weight on a proper level.
When it comes to soft drinks, you should stay away from them as they damage your health. Sugary drinks like squashes, juices and colas are full of calories and you cannot realize how many calories you can with just one cup of these soft drinks.