Eat Healthy to Stay Healthy
Choosing healthy food options is a challenge especially to the population of New Jersey. Saying that, it is never too late to start an eating regiment to make sure you are on the right path to maintaining fitness, physical condition and well being.
Eating healthy makes us feel great! It provides us with more energy, helps us build strong bones and muscles and contributes to maintaining a healthy weight. There are many successful paths to planning a healthy diet. A diet does not have to be extravagant and difficult to maintain. Most times small changes in routine will contribute to a manageable plan. This with a large amount of commitment will guarantee your success sooner than you probably can imagine.
Solid foundation for success – Start by setting yourself on a path to success with few barriers. A good plan for success will be the primary step in creating a healthy lifestyle. Once you begin your approach you can always modify it and gradually work up to where you want to be. Every change you make will make improvements to your new diet and lifestyle. Find healthy choices that you love. Incorporate fresh foods, spices and ingredients that are new to you. Your diet will become healthier and you will start seeing results.
Avoid overeating – Every person has different eating habits and varying body. That is why your diet needs to be tailored for you. Balance what you eat and eat in moderation. When you eat in moderation you have more control and are more aware of your portion sizes. It doesn’t mean eliminating those foods that you love though. Just make sure you have certain food choices that are deemed “unhealthy” once or twice a week-not every day of the week.
Think about how you eat – Healthy eating should mean that you know how to eat food properly. Try and slow down and think about proper nourishment rather than finishing your food as fast as you can. Take time and chew each part of your meal. Eating slowly will help savor every flavor, will assist with digestion and trick your brain into thinking your stomach is satisfied. Make sure you stop eating as soon as you feel full that way your body becomes accustomed to portion control. Eating a balanced and healthy breakfast, planning nutritious snacks periodically during the day and avoiding eating late at night will make it easier for you to continue choosing a nourishing and tasty food plan.
Think green – Fruits and vegetables are packed with healthy vitamins and minerals that your body needs on a daily basis. Mix different fruits and vegetables in with every meal. The more colorful they are, the higher the concentration of vitamins and minerals. Not only are fruits and vegetables tasty they contribute to a healthier option to the table. Antioxidants and other nutrients come from vegetables and fruits and will never be replicated in pill form no matter the dosage.
Avoid fatty foods – Items that are high in calories are never a good source of nutrients. Try and avoid these types of foods by reading nutritional labels and eliminating foods that are high in sugar and other processed chemicals. This will help lower sugar levels and salt in our bodies.
Hydrate – Water is the best way to hydrate your body. Instead of drinking extra calories from a sugary drink, enjoy a nice glass of plain water. Add a twist of lemon, lime or orange for a zero calorie flavor enhancer. It will help with bodily functions and helps you feel full for longer periods of time. Sometimes we feel hungry when it is actually thirst our body is experiencing. Try drinking a glass of cool water to ward off hunger.
Eat foods that are in season – Every season has their pick of yummy fruits and vegetables. Choose these items at the peak of their taste. Spring and summer offers the most colorful options and packs the strongest punch with essentials vitamins and minerals. Use the internet and local grocery flyers to find out what is in “season”.
Make your own lunch – “Brown bagging” your own lunch will not only help you save money; it could help you maintain a healthy weight and assist in staying on track while dieting.
Exercise – There is nothing easier and better for you than exercising. It will keep you feeling great and focused on activities all week long. Exercise must be a part of every day if you want to make a healthier change in your life. It will also help in weight loss and boost energy. So find a friend and get out for at least 30 minutes a day to begin and stay in perfect shape. Walking is the easiest and cheapest way to get those recommended 10,000 steps in every day. Park farther away in the lot, use stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Even marching in place during commercials while watching your favorite TV program can be effective in weight loss and healthier living.
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Centers Staff would like to remind you that weight loss and healthy eating habits are not hard if you have the right attitude and remain dedicated. You can stay dedicated by setting up a system of attainable goals at each step of your weight loss that way you can notice your progress and build towards a healthier future. At Meadowlands Hospital, we always wish for your consistent good health. Please feel free to call us at 201-392-3100 for more information about healthiness and well being.