Eating a nutritious healthy diet should be one of your main priorities for living a happy life – as well as living a long life. So I put together a quick guide of the 5 simple principles of a nutritious healthy diet plan.
If you follow my work, then you know I’m a late in life mom, who promised my son I’d live to 100. He asked me to live to 200, but I bargained him down. I then went on a 2 year quest, interviewing out world’s top health experts on nutrition and longevity. I’m on a mission to help as many people as I can to improve their health.
The wealth of benefits that you can get from consuming healthy foods for your body are seemingly endless.
Unfortunately there are also a host of bad side effects stemming from eating processed junk.
Many people struggle with kicking their unhealthy habits and getting on the right health track.
If you are one of those people, maybe it’s because you feel somewhat lost in all of the diet fads plastered across magazines and websites today.
Below I share a helpful guide to the basics of eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Many people believe they have to cut out carbs when trying to become a healthier version of themselves. But, in truth, complex carbs should be a staple piece of your nutritious diet.
Complex carbohydrates are higher in fiber. Plus they release their energy more slowly due to the speed at which they are digested and absorbed by your body.
Generally, brown carbs are classed as complex carbs.
Be sure to include these healthy complex carbs in your diet. They will provide you with stable blood sugar levels. Plus these complex carbs will give you the energy you need to sustain yourself until your next meal.
Many people believe that protein is required exclusively by body builders or marathon runners. However, this is definitely not the case. Every human needs a portion of protein rich food with every meal they eat. Proteins play an important role in life. Every cell in the human body contains protein. The basic structure of a protein is a chain of amino acids. You need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones. You can consume proteins as shakes, and smoothies. For example, a whey protein shake will help your muscles grow, lose fat, and fight cancer cell development.
You should try to consume protein rich foods more after exercise. They will help to repair and grow your muscles.
You may not believe that fat should be a part of a healthy diet. However, there are many “good fats” – which are beneficial rather than detrimental to the human body.
Of course these should be eaten in moderation. But they are still an essential aspect of a healthy diet.
Every single day you should try to consume at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables.
If you are not committing yourself to including a large amount of fresh ingredients in your diet, you will feel tired and sluggish. You’ll then have little motivation to get up and go.
Eating enough fruits and veggies doesn’t have to be hard. There are many creative ways you can switch up your diet to include interesting and attractive meals that still provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive.
Fruits and vegetables show their different properties through the various colors of their skin. The more varied the colors of fruits and vegetables, the greater your overall nutrition.
If you’re not feeling as though you’ve managed to include all of the right nutrients and minerals in your diet, you may want to invest in some multivitamins.
Check out the vitamins and supplements I use as part of my Longevity Plan – to live longer, healthier, younger.
Note: Vitamins and supplements should not be a replacement for a healthy diet. You still have to put in the effort to eat nutritious foods and avoid processed foods.
I hope this guide was a helpful reminder of how to eat healthy.
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