Proven Ways for you to be Healthy

Soy can be a great source of protein. Choose less processed versions.

Living a healthy lifestyle is about feeling good, having more energy, and staying free of illness and disease. You can achieve optimal health by educating yourself and learning some nutrition criteria. When it comes down to it, keeping healthy is a personal choice. You have more control over your health than you might think.Here are some guidelines you can follow for success.

What is healthy eating?
Healthy eating means consuming adequate amounts of foods from all food groups for healthy living. It begins with learning to “eat smart” and is not only what you eat, but also how you eat. Eating healthy is not complicated once you know the basics.
Here are some of the basic foods that should be a regular part of your diet:

Fruits and Vegetables
A healthy eating plan means consuming at least five of this food group each day. Ideally, more than five servings is better. This includes frozen, fresh and pure juices – ideally organically grown. Also included in this group are beans, (as well as baked beans), legumes and lentils. The key to good health is to choose a variety of these nutritious foods.  The more of a variety of fruits and vegetables you consume, the more nutrition you are feeding your body. An approximate serving is equal to 80 grams for example, one medium apple or two medium plums.

Whole Grain Breads, Potatoes, and other cereals
A healthy diet should include five servings of whole grains per day. This group includes whole grain breakfast cereals, brown rice, whole grain pasta, oats and other whole grain cereals as well as potatoes (particularly sweet potatoes). You should try to consume at least one food from this group at every meal.

Fish and  Meat Alternatives
Consume 2-3 servings of protein per day, choose low fat if you are aiming for healthy weight loss. This group includes eggs, soy products, beans and fish. Some of these products can be high in fat – so it is best to choose lighter versions. The alternatives are non-meat protein sources such as tofu, mycoprotein, nuts, and beans as well as textured vegetable proteins. Try to avoid soy products that are overly processed. These products can be as bad for you as traditional processed foods.

Food Containing Sugar and Fats
Eat these foods in small quantities, 0-3 servings per day. Margarine, butter, oil, cream, mayonnaise, potato chips and other fried foods are loaded with unhealthy fats. Jams, soft drinks, and sweets are loaded with sugar. Cakes, biscuits, chocolate, pastries and ice cream are high in both. It’s important to include a small amount of good fat in the diet, but most people need to eat less fat in general.

The emphasis should be fats other than trans fats, like sunflower, walnut and olive oils. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats but should be consumed in moderation. Bad saturated fats usually come from animal products.

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