You’ve probably heard the saying: “You are what you eat.” But have you ever thought about what this really means in regard to healthy living? Think about this: Food is nothing more than a substance which is used to build your body. What does that mean if you’re not practicing healthy eating habits and if you’re putting junk food into your body? What does it mean if you’re looking for a way to achieve healthy weight loss and you’re starving your body of the nutrients that it needs to build healthy cells, bones, muscles and organs? As you can imagine, choosing the best diet is the key to healthy living and building a great body. This article will give you a good platform to start from when it comes to choosing the best diet for healthy living…
The Three Biggest Offenders
The first step to choosing a diet which promotes healthy living is getting rid of the three biggest offenders when it comes to poor food choices: unnatural (trans and saturated fats), sugars and sodium. Cutting these three to a minimum in your diet will solve the majority of your problems when it comes to healthy eating. If you are already consuming a lot of these right now, it might not be such a good idea to try and turn away from them all cold turkey. Instead, take one week to focus on cutting back on your sugar consumption, then one week on saturated fats, and finally (the hardest of all) work on cutting out sodium.
While doing this it’s important to remember that fats and carbohydrates are nutrients which your body needs to be healthy. Cutting them out completely is going to lead to bigger health problems long term. Focus on eating healthy fats and carbohydrates which come from whole grains and unrefined wheat products. A good guide is 50% of calories from good carbs, 30% from lean proteins (meats with natural fats, nuts and legumes) and 20% from natural fats.
The More Natural, the Better
In addition to cutting out these three main offenders, it’s important to remember that natural living is healthy living. Every year, thousands of new food products arrive on the market which are made by companies promising a convenient solution for healthy weight loss or healthy eating. However, the majority of these popular fad diet or convenience foods contain TONS of unnatural preservatives which can harm your body and wreck your metabolism. The best defense against this is to eat organic whenever possible and to avoid processed foods. While this might cost more money, it’s important to remember that it will save you a fortune in medical bills down the road. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
It’s More Than Just Food
In addition to eating healthy foods, there is one other crucial element of healthy living which far too many of us overlook: proper care of your mental and emotional health. If you are emotionally healthy and have a strong sense of self-worth and confidence, you will be much less likely to pollute your body with junk food and to let it deteriorate for lack of proper exercise. This means that in addition to consuming healthy foods, it’s important to make sure that you are on a good emotional “diet” as well.
The use of positive self-talk, affirmations for weight loss and positive autosuggestion can make a world of difference in your mental and emotional health and inspire you to take better care of your body. Having a healthy diet in regard to what you put into your mind, is often just as important as having a healthy diet for what you put into your mouth. Make a commitment to identify the self-talk and the exterior stimuli which are chipping away at your emotional well being and work on getting them out of your life just as you got rid of sugar, unnatural fats and sodium consumption.
While this information is still fresh in your mind, stop and write down three actions steps that you are doing to take within the next week, or month. This will ensure that the positive momentum you gained from reading this will carry you towards positive actions and results.
John and Linda Ballis
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Thursday, 22 April 2010
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