Do you ever find yourself turning to eating unhealthy foods because they are quick, easy, and readily available? This is a common mistake committed by people trying to lose weight and trying to stay healthy but finding it difficult to do so. As the popular saying goes, you are what you eat. What you put into your body becomes a part of you and shows outwardly in how you and your body look.
- Tip # 1. Plan your menu
Prepare your weekly menu ahead. List down the ingredients that you will need and if possible, indicate how much of these ingredients you need. This way, you will not run out of food mid-week and reach for the phone to dial for pizza or take out.
- Tip # 2. Shop smart
When you go grocery shopping, focus on the perimeter and avoid the center aisles. Fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and eggs are stocked along the perimeter of the store. The middle aisles display the processed and pre-packaged foods that contain ingredients that are unhealthy for you. Stick to your list to avoid buying food you don’t need, such as junk foods and snacks that are high on fats and other unhealthy ingredients.
- Tip # 3. Steer clear of unhealthy foods.
Empty calories have little or no nutritional value. These kinds of food have high calories mostly from fat and sugar but no vitamins and minerals. Such foods include doughnuts and commercial breakfast cereals in their ranks.Foods with low or no fiber will not support proper digestion and help the body get rid of food residue after digestion. Refined foods such as white bread and other processed foods lose their fiber content during processing.
Trans fat and saturated fats damage your body in more ways than one. When your diet is high in these unhealthy fats, you increase your risk of diseases such as heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Such foods as potato chips, french fries and commercially baked goods are high in trans and saturated fats.
Some substances do not give your body any nutrition, instead, they take nutrients away from your body and leave you deficient. Caffeine , sugar and phosphorous in your coffee and soda drinks deplete the calcium in your bones.
- Tip # 4. Choose a healthy oil like Argan oil
Your body needs fats to provide energy and to support cell growth. Fats also help protect body organs and produce hormones. Fats keep you warm especially during those long winter months. But not all fat are good for you so you should learn how to choose the healthy fats.Argan oil is one of the sources of “good fats” because it is rich in essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and -6, low in saturated fats and high in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats which can help you manage your weight and cholesterol levels and lower your risk of cardio-vascular diseases. Popularly known as the “liquid gold” from Morocco, Argan oil is also rich in vitamin E and antioxidants that fight free radicals that can cause damage to your body.
Knowing what are unhealthy foods and how these can be avoided will help you achieve the good health you dream of. Follow these top 4 tips and be on top of your health.