Sunday, November 18, 2007

Eating Healthy

Eating healthy will help you feel great and have lots of energy so you can enjoy life more and have a strong immune system. Many people question the importance of healthy eating because they seemed to be fine not eating healthfully for many years. Eating healthy is always great for your body and your lifestyle, especially when it comes to your heart and the prevention of heart disease. If you are serious about eating healthy, you should become more educated about the foods you eat and the number of calories and amounts of nutrients they contain.

When it comes to eating healthy, many of us tend to make poor choices when grabbing an ice cream cone here, a slice of pizza there. But there are ways to keep watch over what we put in our mouths, and with some hard work and common sense, your job should be made a little bit easier. If you are the only one in your family eating healthy, those habits will eventually rub off on them too.

Healthy eating is an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying a variety of foods especially vegetables, grains, or fruits that you don't normally eat. Research has shown that following a healthy eating plan can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure. Good nutrition and a balanced diet will also help your children grow up healthy. Kids who take part in regular family meals are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains while spending less time snacking on unhealthy foods, less likely to smoke, use marijuana, or drink alcohol.

The most obvious health threat of eating too much fast food is weight gain or even obesity. A healthy diet doesn't have to mean eating foods that are bland or unappealing. Eating a healthy diet is important to preventing the development of heart disease risk factors, such as hypertension, high blood cholesterol, and being overweight or obese. Eating for your heart involves staying away from sugary foods such as candy, cookies, cakes, and pastries. Study results indicated that elevated blood pressures were reduced by an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy.

Making healthy meals is easy by incorporating more raw foods such as salads and vegetable juices, and focusing on the pleasure of eating healthy food rather than the calories. Choose sandwiches on whole-grain bread or a plain hamburger over fried foods or pizza. If you enjoy dairy foods, try to stick with no-fat or low-fat products. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium from a variety of foods. Reduce the amount of fat you eat by choosing fewer high-fat foods and cooking with less fat.

Most fast food restaurants and restaurant chains post nutritional information about their food offerings on their web sites. Food labels contain a wealth of information about the healthfulness of the product if you know what to look for and how to interpret them. While efforts are underway to make menu labeling happen, consumers must rely on restaurants to voluntarily supply this information. Even without nutritional information while eating out, try to limit those foods with you know could negatively impact your health.

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