Healthy Foods. Growing older can make you think about how short life truly is. In fact, you could live 100 years and still not feel as if you’ve had enough time to do what you want to do, see what you want to see, and spend time with the ones you love. That’s why getting and staying healthy is so important. You want as many of these years as you possibly can. Yet, sadly enough, we aren’t all that fortunate.
The older you get the more susceptible you tend to become to various diseases and conditions, like heart disease, cancer, and strokes. And your not-so-good decisions that you made when you were younger and thought you were invincible (mistakes you are possibly even still making today) begin to catch up to you, making you wish that you had lived life a little differently. While you can’t undo the past, you can create a better future and the foods you choose to eat regularly will play a large role in that.
Eating for Maximum Health
Eating to achieve optimal health involves choosing foods that support your body functions. This means selecting foods that are low in chemicals and preservatives (organic) so as not to overload your liver with too many toxins, cutting down on sugar so that your blood sugar stays stable, and avoiding “bad” fats so that your arteries stay clear of cholesterol blockages.
It is also recommended that you remove gluten, soy, and cow dairy products from your diet as these categories of foods tend to increase inflammation within the body. What foods are left? Actually, there are quite a few. Here are some of them:
- High quality proteins. Try to eat a palm-sized serving of protein each time you eat to give your body the nutrients you need and keep you feeling full at the same time. Good protein sources to consider are grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb. Fish (other than canned tuna), poultry, and eggs are good for you too. For a protein snack, grab a handful of raw, unsalted nuts. Cheese is high protein, just be sure to choose selections that aren’t made from cow’s milk.
- Fruits and veggies. Because they are extremely high in vitamins and minerals, you want to include fruits and veggies in your diet often. Choose options that are a variety of colors (greens, reds, purples, and oranges) as each one contains different antioxidants and flavonoids that are essential to good health. For instance, green leafy vegetables are great for your immune system and white garlic and onions have anti-inflammatory properties. Fruits such as melons and berries are lower in natural sugars, so those should be chosen more often. Remember to always pair these with a protein so that you can keep your blood sugar stable and not incite cravings.
- Grains and legumes. Both grains and legumes, or beans, are wonderful carbohydrate options. They will help replenish your energy stores without creating the negative effects that refined carbs often create. Healthy gluten-free grain options include buckwheat, corn, brown rice, and quinoa. All legumes are good for you, so feel free to add them to salads, soups, and other favorite dishes to get them in your diet more often.
- Healthy fats. Your body does need some fats to survive, but the key is to choose ones that are beneficial as opposed to harmful for your health. Ideally, you want to have a healthy fat at every meal, which you can do fairly easily by incorporating olive oil, coconut oil, fatty fishes, nuts, and avocados into your diet. You might also want to consider taking fish oil to ensure that you get enough daily.
The Benefits of Healthy Eating
Put these suggestions into action and you will notice that you will have more energy during the day and enjoy better sleep at night. Your focus will improve, allowing you to get your work projects done quicker and more efficiently, and your mood will be better as well, giving you the patience you need with loved ones and making it easier to keep a positive attitude. You’ll probably also notice fewer feelings of depression and anxiety as well, which is an additional bonus.
Your food cravings will also go away completely when you eat healthfully, making it highly likely that you will lose weight too. The best part is that it will happen naturally, instead of feeling like you’re fighting your body every step of the way.
There are many benefits of eating healthy and now that you know how to do it, you can enjoy them all!