Being health is all about eating healthy foods in a balanced way and getting plenty of exercise. As simple as it sounds, people still seem to be struggling with doing it, however. Luckily, these few tips for healthy eating should get you going.
First of all, you have to work out how many calories you need each day. Men, on average, need 2,500 calories and women 2,000, but the amount of exercise you get is also very important in terms of balancing that number. A woman who works out every day will need more calories than a man who sits down on the couch all day long. Consuming too many calories is almost always the problem for people who struggle with their weight. Secondly, consider using the Eatwell Plate. The Eatwell plate is a fantastic tool to help people make sure they eat the right amount of foods from each of the five food groups. You will learn to always base your meals on healthy, starchy foods, which should be around a third of all the food you consume. Wholegrain is always better, so try to leave the skin on your potato for instance. Secondly, you need to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. One hundred percent fruit juice counts, as well, so this should be quite easy to achieve.
Furthermore, fish is a fantastic source of protein. Furthermore, it is full of minerals and vitamins. Hence, ensure you consume at least two portions of fish a week, one of which should be an oily fish filled with Omega 3, which helps to prevent heart disease but also aids in brain development and alleviates joint pain. Naturally, you need to think about your fat and sugar intake too. Fat isn’t the big evil giant it is made out to be, nor is sugar. However, you should try to avoid saturated fat as much as possible. Sugar should be consumed only in moderation, as an occasional treat. Sugar is very high in energy, which will contribute to weight gain unless you use that energy straight away. At the same time, you must think about your salt intake. Our food is full of salt, which is a remnant of the Second World War, when it was used to make the rations taste better. As a result, we shouldn’t really add salt to our food. No more than six grams of salt should be consumed per day, four of which are usually already in our food. Lastly, make sure you drink plenty of water. There is already some liquid in the food we eat, but we need another 1.2 liters daily in average climates. Avoid sugary drinks and alcoholic drinks and try to stick to water or real fruit juices.