Eating a nutritious healthy diet is essential 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. The types of foods you eat can significantly impact your health and overall wellbeing. Additionally, it can play a role in your physique and body composition.
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. For instance, you may see various trends that gain popularity each time you decide to be healthier. It can be confusing and lead you to ask questions like what is the Keto diet? Or how much deficit should I be in?
Fortunately, staying healthy isn’t too difficult to achieve. Here’s how you can practice healthy eating habits and ensure your body is getting all the nutrition it needs.
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. It’s your main source of energy, so it’s vital to include it in your meals. However, not all carbohydrate sources are equal. Some may be more beneficial than others. For instance, it may be better to eat complex carbohydrates than simple carbohydrates or processed foods.
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.
It’s a necessary nutrient that helps your muscles repair themselves every time you strain them or have tears in your muscle tissues. If you don’t eat enough protein, it may be difficult for you to sustain your muscle mass and build new ones. The soreness you feel on your muscles after a strenuous day may also take longer to disappear if you lack protein.
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. Thus, you shouldn’t be alarmed to consume healthy fats from various food sources.
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.
Some fruits are also low in calories, so it’s a good option to include various greens and fruits into your daily meal plan if you’re watching your daily calorie intake.
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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