Right Eating Habits
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.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 31, 2013
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