Some people live their lives not really thinking about the consequences of their actions. When it comes to your personal health, this is not a productive or attractive attitude to have. Learning about nutrition will help you learn how to feel and act to the best of your capabilities.
Try to fit as many fresh vegetables in your diet as possible. Instead of having mashed potatoes with dinner, have fresh asparagus or green beans. Fresh vegetables taste better than frozen or canned, and have more of the nutrients your body requires. They are also more filling, which means you are less likely to eat more fatty foods.
Oprah Winfrey used the phrase “clean eating” in her book Oprah’s Kitchen. It’s helpful to think of clean eating as a good way to approach food. Simple preparations, lighter salad dressings, using less oils and fats (though still a bit for flavor!), and keeping things as fresh as possible – all these ideas contribute to her way of clean eating. Oprah loved her fried chicken – and presents a clean way of cooking it in her book. The bottom line is, if you have a choice between fancy and heavy vs. simple and fresh, go with the latter and your scale will thank you, no matter what food you’re eating.
If you’re looking to improve your nutritive intake, but aren’t yet ready to make huge changes, start with small ones. For example, if you like white bread, it’s completely painless to switch to one of the “soft wheat” breads currently available. Some brands are as white as their low-fiber white-bread cousins, yet they provide much more fiber per slice.
One tip when thinking about nutrition is nutrient density. How rich in nutrients is the food you’re eating – not by weight, but by calorie? You would be surprised to learn, for example, that when measured by CALORIES, a vegetable like broccoli is surprisingly high in protein – comparable, calorie for calorie, to the amount of protein found in red meats. But of course you can eat far more broccoli for the same amount of calories, which also provides fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.
One thing a lot of people think is that nutrition is all about food. You also want to take into account how your body uses the food you eat. You want to make sure you regularly exercise as well as to eat the right kinds of food, your body will thank you for this.
Allow your children to help you prepare meals. The more involved children are in the process, the more likely they are to eat the meal. This is especially true for things they may not want to try, such as vegetables. It may not make them like broccoli, but it might make them more likely to taste it.
Quitting your addiction to soda and junk food can be very difficult, but it is important for good nutrition. Long-standing unhealthy eating habits accustom someone to the ease and deliciousness of junk food. Hunger pangs and cravings for junk food can keep going long after you switch over to healthier eating. Instead of giving into these cravings, focus on the benefits of the healthy alternatives.
Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Organic food is grown without pesticides and fungicides. While organic foods can be more expensive, the long term health benefits save money in future health care costs. The more unnatural things you can cut out of your diet the healthier you will be.
You have read many reasons for improving your nutrition. You have also learned some tips on how to do that. Try these tips for about one month, and you will notice that you will start to feel better on a day to day basis. You will have more energy, and be able to be more productive.