What Really Is Good Nutrition?
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When it comes to healthy eating, there’s an overwhelming amount of information out there. Vegan, Paleo, Mediterranean, and even juice cleanse diets seem to be everywhere lately, and new information keeps popping up almost every day. Like many people, you may be asking yourself “What really is good nutrition?” While we used to look to the food pyramid as the standard for what we should be eating, recent studies have shown that the once trusted guidelines the food pyramid provided are actually wildly inaccurate. You, like the majority of people who once believed that the food pyramid was the be-all and end-all of healthy eating, are probably scratching your head in confusion right now. To make things easier, here are a few basic nutrition guidelines that anyone can follow.
Cut Back On Eating Out
It’s no secret that many restaurants add unhealthy ingredients to their food, like unnecessary amounts of butter, oil and salt, in order to give the food a richer, more savory taste. While eating out once in a while isn’t going to completely sabotage your diet, it should be reserved mainly for special occasions. Try to prepare your meals at home as much as possible. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will be able to monitor exactly what you’re putting in your food. Cooking at home can also be a fun activity to do either solo or with friends and family. One of the reasons people in past generations were able to maintain a healthy weight can be attributed to the fact that eating a home-cooked meal was more prevalent than it is now. If you find yourself having a hard time staying on track with your health journey, cooking more meals at home is a great place to start.
Snack Smarter and Less Frequently
Snacking is something that we all do from time to time. Grabbing a bag of chips or a plate of cookies before settling in to watch a movie is part of many people’s routines, but snacking too much between meals will only lead to unwanted weight gain. If you feel like you need a pick-me-up between lunch and dinner, make sure you’re reaching for good snacks, such as nuts, fruit, and portable veggies, like baby carrots or celery sticks. Snacking is sometimes unavoidable and necessary to get through a busy school or work day, so make sure you’re consciously choosing healthy snacks that will fuel your body and mind.
Make Your Plate Colorful
When preparing your meals, make sure you’re including lots of bright vegetables. Not only do colorful vegetables make your meals look more visually appealing, but bright-colored vegetables tend to contain more vitamins and antioxidants as well. Vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, and bell peppers are all rich in nutrients that are crucial in maintaining a healthy diet, so make sure you’re filling your plate up with delicious veggies when preparing your next meal. If you’re typically not much of a vegetable person, try seasoning or preparing them in interesting ways until you find something you like!