What Is A Healthy Diet When Trying To Lose Weight

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What Is A Healthy Diet?

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What is a healthy diet? It’s not about counting calories, measuring portions or cutting carbs. You won’t really find a healthy diet on the lite menu at your favorite restaurant and you certainly won’t find it at the local fast food joint. A healthy diet is all about what you eat rather than how much you eat.
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healthy diet, weight loss
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What is a healthy diet? It’s not about counting calories, measuring portions or cutting carbs. You won’t really find a healthy diet on the lite menu at your favorite restaurant and you certainly won’t find it at the local fast food joint. A healthy diet is all about <b>what</b> you eat rather than <b>how much</b> you eat.

If you think the latest fad diet is your panacea to health, you are in for a big surprise. Losing weight, staying healthy and getting back into shape after many years of diet neglect is not about fads or eating in some radical new way for six to twelve weeks and then going back to the way you used to eat.

The best thing you can do to keep yourself healthy is to eat a healthy diet…<b>all the time</b>, not just when you want to lose weight. Eating healthy is a long-term lifestyle choice, something you need to do for your entire lifetime.

But what is a healthy diet? Is it what we have been lead to believe – milk for strong bones and teeth, protein in the form of lean beef or chicken and maybe a “healthy” microwave dinner if we are “on the go.” Unfortunately this diet is what is identified as the Standard American Diet or the SAD.

<b>And what’s so wrong with the SAD?</b>

Well, has it made us a healthier people? Are we better off as a nation because of it?

With all of the health studies, advanced health care, the war on cancer dating back to the 70’s, and the most advanced technology available on the planet we have to ask ourselves why do we still need to spend $1.3 trillion a year on health care in the United States. Why aren’t we getting any healthier?

Other pertinent questions about your health beg for answers such as, why after more than 30 years since the “War On Cancer” was declared, do we still have an increasing cancer rate. Yes, we have many more people <b>surviving</b> cancer but the rate at which people are <b>getting</b> cancer is increasing. We have come a long way in taking care of sick people, but we haven’t made any progress as a nation in preventing those people from getting sick.

Why do more than 15 million people in the United States have diabetes? Why do we still have more heart problems today than we did 30 years ago? Why is more than 50% of our population on some kind of prescription drug?

We spend more per person on medical care than any other nation in the world. Why is this happening in a country that seems to be able to solve nearly any technological problem? Why can’t we solve our medical problems? How would life be different for us if we were to be a nation of healthy individuals?

<b>The secret to a healthy diet and a healthy life is living food</b> – fresh vegetables, fruit, juices and green leafy salads. The answer to a healthier you is summed up in three words, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Living a healthy life and having a healthy family is all about eating a healthy diet, every day of our lives!

Healthy Eating Tips

The term “healthy eating” often makes people think about deprivation and boredom, but it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Take a look below at 10 tips for healthy eating that will tantalize your taste buds AND contribute to a strong, lean body:

Healthy Eating Tip #1 – Better Quality Foods

Healthy eating is really all about choosing foods that give the most nutritional value possible. That means limiting sugary, fatty, processed foods and gravitating toward whole, organic, nutrient-rich foods.

Healthy Eating Tip #2 – Better Quality, Less Quantity

Improving the quality of the foods you eat will make you realize that you really don’t need to eat a lot of calories each day to feel fully satisfied. Nutrient-rich, high fiber foods keep you feeling full and satisfied long after you eat them, so you need to eat less.

Healthy Eating Tip #3 – Healthy Drinking

Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important components of a healthy eating plan, hydrating the body and helping all organs and muscles function better. Drinking plenty of water gives you more energy, better health, reduced appetite, clearer thoughts, and so much more.

Healthy Eating Tip #4 – Supplement Vitamins and Minerals

Even if you follow a healthy eating plan, it’s a good idea to take high quality vitamin and mineral supplements to help fill in gaps that your diet may not fill. Few of us have “perfect” eating habits, and even if we did, sometimes the foods available to us may be lacking in nutrients due to poor soil conditions, pesticide usage, and other things beyond our control. Good choices for supplements include a multi-vitamin (with or without iron, depending on your personal needs), a calcium and mineral complex that includes magnesium and vitamin D, a B-complex vitamin, and perhaps fish oil or flax seed oil for added omega-3 fatty acids if your diet doesn’t include enough of them.

Healthy Eating Tip #5 – Eliminate Mindless Munching

Not only is it important to improve the quality of foods you eat, but also to regulate how often and how much you eat. If you are in the habit of munching mindlessly just because you are bored or restless, that’s a good habit to break immediately because you’re probably taking in many more calories than your body really needs. In addition, reducing the portion sizes in meals is a good idea. When you avoid overloading your stomach with mass quantities of food, you just feel better and enjoy more energy and avoid that sluggish, too-full feeling.

Healthy Eating Tip #6 – The Right Kind of Sweets

White, refined sugar has a detrimental effect on your body, creating drastic spikes and dips in your blood glucose levels, stimulating hunger, and depleting your body of important nutrients. But you don’t have to deprive your sweet tooth. Include plenty of fresh fruit in your diet and if you must use sweeteners, choose those that are better for you, like stevia and agave nectar. After just a few days of doing this, you’ll notice that your cravings for white sugar have decreased dramatically.

Healthy Eating Tip #7 – Fill Your Plate with Color

The most colorful foods are the ones with the most nutrients, like butter yellow bananas, ruby red tomatoes, bright green bell peppers, dark green lettuce and spinach, dusky orange sweet potatoes and yams, deep purple grapes – just take a look at the produce section of your local market and you’ll realize just how many colorful foods can supply great nutrients for your body.

Healthy Eating Tip #8 – Add Plenty of Flavor

As delicious as these colorful foods can be, you can also spice them up further by adding your choice of spices, herbs, seasonings, and sauces. Flavorful options are hot sauces (or actual hot peppers if you prefer), dill, olives, mustard, capers, curry, garlic, onion, ginger, cinnamon, tumeric, paprika. You can also keep some bullion cubes on hand for adding flavor to vegetables, grains, soups, and meat dishes.

Healthy Eating Tip #9 – Savor Every Bite

Slow down, take your time and enjoy your meals! When you gulp your food down you barely taste it and your stomach doesn’t have a chance to signal that it’s full. As a result you end up eating more than you need to and feeling like you still want more. When you eat slowly and focus on enjoying each bite, you will eat less and feel more satisfied afterward.

Healthy Eating Tip #10 – Balance

Healthy eating isn’t about depriving yourself. Strive for balance in your eating habits, including plenty of foods that nourish your body, but also allowing a little room for special treats. Everything in moderation helps you enjoy the best of both worlds, a body that is healthy and happy.