Healthy eating or right eating as against unhealthy eating is what differentiates between healthy living and unhealthy living. Listed below are some guidelines that will assure right habits of eating
- Ensure at least 3-4 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily.
- Yellow, orange and red coloured fruits and vegetables add colours to your diet as well as add up to nutrition.
- Use a scrubber instead of a peeler to remove skin from fruits and vegetables.
- Try to consume most of your fruits and vegetables with the skin on.
- Ensure a water intake of at least 5 to 6 liters /day. Don’t wait to feel thirsty to drink water.
- Thirst is an indication that the body is already dehydrated.
- Avoid the consumption of tea and coffee as much as possible. The same goes for canned fruit juices, colas and alcohol.
- Choose to have whole fruits instead of sipping juices.
- Milk and milk products, eggs, lean portions of fish and chicken are healthy protein sources and need to be included in the daily diet.
- Cow’s milk when skimmed is a very good source of nutrition.
- Boiling, grilling, steaming and baking are healthier cooking options than frying or oily coconut based gravies.
- One can use spices and condiments in their daily cooking. However, make sure that you are not going overboard with the use of these.
- Fiber in the diet comes from raw fruits and vegetables. It ensures healthy bowel movement, reduces frequency of hunger and removes toxic wastes from the body.
- Eating 5 to 6 meals a day (small meals) is a mantra for good health.
- Avoid the use of maida (refined wheat flour), excessive salt, sugar, preservatives and ajinomotto (monosodium glutamate). They have no nutritional value and can create havoc in the body.
- Reduce the intake of breads and biscuits, as they contain baking soda which is not healthy.
- Avoid highly processed foods completely, such as packet soups, sauces and ketchups, meats such as sausages, salamis and so on.
One must consult a qualified fitness professional before adhering to any diet or exercise programme. Just because a certain diet or fitness routine worked for someone, does not mean the same will work for you. Every single person has a unique metabolism that sets him/her apart from anyone else, even blood relations. Every individual hence will respond differently to a planned eating and exercise routine.