A healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet which helps sustain or enhance total health. A healthy diet gives the body vital nutrients: adequate food, macronutrients, fluid, micronutrient, and enough energy. All of these nutritional requirements are not always met in the typical Western diet.
Eating healthy means finding a balance between your taste for tasty food and your overall health and fitness. For example, a diet high in sugar, salt and fat is generally unhealthy. In contrast, a healthy eating plan which involves eating tasty, nutrient-rich but low calorie foods can provide all the nourishment you need without contributing to obesity. So, what are the healthiest foods? The answer lies in tasty, nutritious, low calorie meals that are both tasty and healthy.
Tuna, salmon, halibut, trout, tuna, salmon – all of these are excellent choices for nutritious foods. If you want to eat more oily fish, try choosing fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are good for heart health, as well as helping to reduce the risk of degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, by reducing the production of a fatty kind of hormone in the body called prostaglandin.
Grass-fed dairy products are some of the healthiest dairy products around. Dairy cows that are grass fed tend to produce higher quality milk, which is richer in calcium, iron, and other nutrients. A number of studies show that people who consume dairy products regularly (at least two or three servings a day) have lower risks of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer and have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Also, one of the best ways to get lots of nutritious nutrients like fiber and antioxidants into your diet is to add antioxidant-rich foods to your diet. Some delicious examples include broccoli, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, squash, peppers, tomatoes, grapefruit, pineapple, blueberries, and blackberries. Although many fruits are loaded with natural antioxidants, unfortunately they’re not all that tasty. Unfortunately, a lot of delicious fruit salads also lack taste, which is a shame because fresh fruit is such a great taste sensation. But fear not; with a little creativity, you can usually flavor your fruits so that they still have a pleasant flavor. Just make sure you use high antioxidant-fortifying foods like blueberries and strawberries to minimize the negative effects of the antioxidants.
Another way to get nutritious fruits and vegetables is by juicing. But this time, you need to go easy on the spinach. Studies show that eating leafy greens in manageable amounts can significantly lower your risk of heart disease, and studies show that eating at least two servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help keep your weight in check. But if you’re not juicing, you could still get plenty of these nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. The bottom line is that eating nutritious foods can make a real difference in your health. So grab a glass of green juice and a bag of carrot juice (yes, even the orange ones) and start eating right.