With 2012 half over, it’s time to reclaim those resolutions to eat well
Boost the wellness center and get back to the foundation of health. No longer are fad diets going to get you the long-lasting results you desire, so it’s time to learn more about the healthy foods your body needs and craves.
It’s time to eat your way into a wellness lifestyle and just in case you’re wondering, this is the Foundation of Health benefits:
- Lowers the risk of disease
- Your body is stronger and your brain is sharper
- Gives you more energy
- Increases your productivity
There are several keys you should know when eating well. First, the closer your food is to its natural state, the better it is for you. Foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts will meet many of your daily vitamin and mineral requirements as well as satisfy your cravings for sweets.
These foods can be eaten raw for better nutritional value or steamed but avoid high-calorie/high-fat toppings such as butter, cheese, gravy, or sauces.
Whole grains are the best for your body so any starchy food such as bread, pasta, or cereal should be made from whole grains. The less processed the better. Avoid white flour and sugary snacks as neither is good for your wellness or your figure. It’s best to skip the processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, bacon, and deli meats.
If you can’t stand to be without a grilled hot dog at the neighborhood BBQ, then perhaps your local health food store or gourmet shop will have a lower-fat or organic version. Remember, lean meats are the way to go so when you’re at the market, pick up some poultry and fish. Omega-3 rich ocean fish are needed two or three times each week for peak brainpower and overall wellness. These smart choices will strengthen your Foundation of Health.
To help you with your shopping, here is a list of foods to avoid during your weekly shopping and dining out:
- Canned spaghetti
- Fried foods
- Frozen corn dogs, fried chicken, and fish sticks
- Most breakfast cereals
- Processed lunch meats
- Processed ravioli
- Snack chips fried with fat
- Sugary beverages
- White flour bread and pasta
Here are some better choices to fill up your grocery cart:
- Coldwater ocean fish
- Dark, leafy greens
- Fresh fruits
- Open range, grass-fed bison and beef
- Brightly colored vegetables
- Healthy cooking oils such as olive oil and canola
- Lean poultry such as turkey and chicken
- Low-fat milk including soy, almond or rice milk
- Nuts, seeds, and legumes
- Whole grain pasta and bread
- 100% fruit and vegetable juices
Now it’s time to address your wellness habits of eating. Be sure to eat only when you’re hungry, and it’s best to avoid skipping meals or eating when you’re emotional. Enjoy your meals at the table, with others, and when you have cravings, reach for fruit. Be careful not to shop when you’re hungry.
In addition to eating healthy, you will need to schedule a healthy workout to prevent stroke, obesity, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions from an unhealthy lifestyle.
While experts agree that exercise is mandatory for wellness, they sometimes disagree on the amounts. Some say 30-minutes five days a week and others recommend 60 minutes every day.
Research has shown that getting to the in a minimum of 10 minutes of walking each day, can greatly improve the wellness center of your body and its overall Foundation of Health.
Remember with a lot of patience, you can get a step up on your wellness center.