“Health is wealth” seemed rather cliché, but it weighs more than gold in good counsel and practical advice. What is the point of being filthy rich or super popular when you are ill and could not enjoy a simple walk in the park? This is why the whole point of caring for your health is not only to ensure longevity but more importantly, to enjoy life and everything it offers.
Being healthy begins with what you eat, but not all that you put into your mouth is healthy for you. For this purpose, here is a basic health guide on eating healthy food to start you off on the road of practicing a healthy eating habit.
#1 Eat foods especially fruits and vegetables that are in season.
It is best to listen to the signals of Mother Nature for not only do produce that is in season tastes better, but also contains the vital nutrients that our body needs for a particular period of time. Have you ever wondered why watermelons ripen in summer or during the dry season? It is because of the animals and yes, humans too, need more hydration during these times and the earth responds to this need. So next time you go to the market, check out what is in season and make use of our planet’s bountiful harvest.
#2 Check the labels and eat food rich in nutritive value.
Modern societies have become dependent on processed foods that come in convenient boxes and packages. Many of these foods are products of research and can significantly supplement our diets. The key to good health is good nutrition; hence, it is crucial that you know what your body needs so that you can eat only foods that are good for you. During your visit to a grocery store, regularly check your food labels and be conscious of what you are buying.
Consume foods rich in the following nutritive content:
- Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, and also in food with added sugars. They create glucose, which is our body’s fuel or source of energy.
- Proteins are found in meats, fish, and poultry, but are also present in legumes, eggs, nuts, soy, some grains, some vegetables and some fruits. They are the building blocks of cells, tissues, and organs in our body.
- Vitamins and minerals are abundant in fruits and vegetables. They are essential in fighting disease and providing energy.
#3 Eat a variety of foods to achieve good nutrition.
The “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” adage is true in the sense that fruits are known to be disease fighters. However, not even the mighty Apple can meet our daily needs. To fully get the nutrition we need from our food, eating a variety of the five food groups will bring us nearer to our goal of having a well-balanced diet.
Make it a habit to plan your meals based on the following food groups:
- Vegetables. Choose from a variety of leafy greens, red or orange vegetables, and beans and peas. Topping the list of highly nutritious vegetables would be broccoli, collard greens, carrots, green beans, split peas, lima beans, kale, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes and kidney beans.
- Fruits. You can choose from apples, bananas, dates, apricots, oranges, grapes, grapefruit, melons, mangoes, pineapples, peaches, strawberries, raisins, and tangerines.
- Grains. Go for whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain cereals, whole grain crackers, and oatmeal.
- Dairy. It is best to choose fat-free or low-fat milk, milk cheeses, soy beverages or yogurt.
- Protein Foods. Complete your diet with lean meats, poultry, seafood, nuts or any processed soy products.
You can enjoy food while eating healthily. All you really need to do is know and scrutinize your food. After all, the right foods are your life anchors, sustaining your life so that you may lead a good one.