Food and Nutrition Tips
Anyone in the healthcare industry would agree that the food choices we make dictate our health and wellbeing. At the Meadowlands Hospital, we too emphasize the need to follow a well-balanced and nutritious diet to help your body adjust to modern day rigors.
Changing your lifestyle to adopt a new food and nutritional plan is not the easiest thing to do with your busy schedules and fussy children. However, if you choose to persist, you are bound to be more fit and prepare your children for a healthier lifestyle as well.
A Hearty Breakfast
If you’ve heard it enough, it’s with good reason. Running out the door fuelled with only coffee and maybe some cereal for the kids is just not enough to kick start your day. It’s probably just the need to get to work on time that hastens you in the morning; don’t mistake it for a system that does well without breakfast.
You are likely to burn out pretty fast by mid morning and experience a shift in your mood and energy levels. If that’s the situation for you, imagine your kids trying to take in challenging math problems on a rumbling tummy.
While eggs and bacon sound good for the kids a few times a week, try healthy fruit smoothies and pre-cut fruits and berries that are packed with nutrition (and can fill you up pretty quickly!).
Include a Salad Wherever You Can
With the number of low fat dressings available in the supermarket, this should be an easy feat. Pack a salad or a multi grain sandwich crammed with the remains of a dinner salad for lunch. This is a great way to incorporate greens into your diet every day. Green leafy veggies are a powerhouse of micronutrients.
For instance, fresh baby spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, K, and folate. Its mineral contents include calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Rocket leaves, while adding a wonderful spicy and peppery flavor to your salads and sandwiches, are also rich in vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron. It also contains sulfuraphane, which has potent anti-cancer properties. This substance can also stimulate the natural detoxifying enzymes in the body.
Greens are also rich in fiber and water content, as well as low on calories. You can include your choice of veggies, fruits and cold cut meat to customize salads to your taste. Avocados, in particular, can be a healthy addition to salads with their creamy texture.
If you want to avoid a heavy meal, fill yourself with some salad before you move onto your main course.
Avoiding Fatty Food
There’s no denying that greasy fast food and fried food are tempting. So when you have the urge to snack, drink a good two tall glasses of cool water. You are likely to eat less and feel full sooner.
In any case, it’s best to leave this kind of food out of your diet and indulge in them rarely. If you have a sweet tooth, pamper it with a generous platter of exotic and tropical fruits like mangoes and lychees rather than reaching for a can of whipped cream and pie.
Healthy eating habits coupled with a little exercise everyday are crucial to staying fit and immune to lifestyle diseases. The Meadowlands Hospital has a team of nutritional experts who can examine your needs and help make the right dietary changes for you and your family. Contact us today for more information or call us at 201-392-3100.