Good nutrition is extremely important to everyone and it is relatively easy to have with minimal effort. It doesn’t matter if you are dieting and trying to lose weight. It doesn’t matter if you have low finances. There is absolutely no reason to forgo a healthy diet. It can be as simple as taking a vitamin supplement or implementing fresh produce into your life.
Eat your vegetables and your children will too. Children like to be like mom and dad which means that eating vegetables with meals, and more importantly as snacks, sets a standard with your children. They will learn to love them once they start eating them since you are eating them as well.
When choosing foods, think about nutrition. Green beans seem nutritious, for example, but broccoli is a knockout in terms of nutrients, so it is better to pick broccoli for dinner. Potatoes are yummy, of course, and quite innocent, when they’re not slathered in butter or cream, but if you want to pack a truly nutritive punch, swap them out for sweet potatoes from time to time. They’re jam-packed with vitamin A and C and fiber. It’s said that sweet potatoes (NOT sweet potato fries, sorry!) are so nutritious, that you could survive on them alone.
When you are eating out at restaurants, order the smallest portion of everything you get. The mind normally tells us to eat whatever is in front of us, regardless of the portion, so you should still be able to fill up with a much smaller portion than what you normally have.
If your child is a picky eater, a regular daily routine for meals can help. Give him or her snacks and meals at about the same time of day. Be sure that your child drinks plenty of water between meals instead of milk or juice, and don’t offer treats between meals.
Try to stay on course with meal times. If you get your child into a routine it will be much easier to get them to eat. The child will learn when he will eat next so he will feel more hungry at that time. Always offer fruits or vegetables with every meal.
Clean out your fridge, freezer and cabinets. Toss the “bad” foods and replace with health alternatives. Keep fresh fruit and veggies on hand for snacking. Put a note on the refrigerator that says “no junk allowed” if you must. If you have kids, have a special place for any of their snacks that might tempt you.
Watch your salt intake. While we need a certain amount of salt to insure good health, too much salt has been proven to have a number of adverse health impacts. If nothing else, too much salt can result in our retaining water. Who feels like exercising when we are bloated with excess water?
Eat foods rich in calcium. Dairy products always provide calcium. But people are often surprised to learn that calcium is in leafy greens and beans. It can also be in canned fish (in the bones). Soy and nuts can also be sources of calcium. Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth and bones. Osteoporosis, which involves brittleness of the bones, is a result of low calcium levels. This is a very painful disease that causes your bones to become soft.
Watch your sodium consumption carefully. Too much salt can be a cause of high blood pressure. Too little salt can be dangerous if you’re a hard and heavy athlete. Visit your physician or discuss your sodium intake with a Dietitian to make sure that you’re at your ideal levels.
Make sure to plan all of your meals ahead of time. Writing out a menu plan at the beginning of each week is a good idea. It will prevent you from making spontaneous food choices that may not be the ones that are the healthiest for you.
If you have to have coffee in the mornings, the best thing you can do is to have it black, but if you must have it sweet and creamy, you do have an option. You can put skim milk and sugar substitute in it and it will be just as satisfying.
To satisfy the need for protein that is part of a healthy diet, the best option is small portions of lean meat. Protein provides lots of energy and reduces cravings for less healthy foods. It can be difficult to find protein in foods that do not also have unhealthy components. The leaner the meat the better, in order to avoid unwanted fats.
Having proper nutrition is imperative to a healthy life. You will find it easier to focus, be energized and in general be more efficient by taking care of yourself. Why not shell out five extra dollars a month for a multivitamin. Even better; skip out on the double cheeseburger and by a bag of carrots! Your body will thank you!