Eating is something we all enjoy, and we need food for survival; however, food can become an escape, a comfort, a time-occupier, or an addiction. We all struggle to balance the rewarding aspects of eating with the effects to our waistline and our health. Most people want to eat healthier, but fad diets and ‘low fat’ products have led to many misconceptions. There are numerous ways to lose weight, but only a handful of principles to eating healthy.
Many of us are familiar with the catch phrase ‘you are what you eat’; however, when you truly understand what food contains (or should contain), an incredible significance is put on food choices, making poor eating a liability to your overall well-being. Nutrients are the direct building blocks that repair and rebuild every cell in your body.
Vegetables are a staple of any healthy eating routine. They are low-calorie and nutrient-dense, so get creative by mixing and matching colors for a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eat them fresh, sautéed, steamed, or cooked.
Protein is broken down into amino acids, the building blocks for hormones, vitamins, and enzymes. Besides the muscle building benefits of protein, they provide B vitamins, Magnesium, and Zinc, all important in energy, cellular, and immune function. Choose lean meats like chicken, turkey, and fish over beef to reduce fat.
Diets don’t work because they become a hassle. Focus on eating the proper amount of vegetables and proteins, and the rest will take care of itself. For healthy meals on-the-go, stop by My Fit Foods in Flower Mound. They have a variety of options prepared fresh several times daily whose portions are based on calorie and protein content. Fad diets and calorie restriction can cause complications. The common side effects of proper nutrition are increased energy, decreased body fat, ability to fit in your favorite jeans, and better quality of life. So, start eating right today for a healthier tomorrow.
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