Have you tried to eat nutrient packed foods? Make choices that promote a health-giving lifestyle?
We all can confess that this is something we struggle with. In the UK alone, the amount spent on diets is on average £2 billion a year. This includes every way we pursue to try to become healthier. Choosing healthy eating for health and wellbeing is something we should aim for. To become healthier is based on you! Because no matter how much money you spend. Only you can make the decision to implement a well nourished and balanced diet. That will maintain a healthful body weight. Prevent health issues. Help you feel more energetic.
To start a healthy living plan find ways to choose these food options that boost health, a better lifestyle and balanced living.
1| Food high in fibre, fruit and vegetables
Fruit and veg contain tons of vitamins, nutrients. And are relatively low in calories. Eating at least five portions a day is advised.
Foods high in fibre include pulses, whole grains and whole meal.
2| Foods low in red meat; processed meat and salt
Although red meat contains a good source of iron, there is also a high fat content. Choosing lean options such as chicken and fish are better. As protein contains a good source of vitamin B12. Needed to produce healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body.
Processed meat is usually high in salt. Because it is cured and should be eaten in moderation. This includes fast foods. Reducing your salt intake is recommended. An adult should only consume 6g of salt daily. High intake can lead to increased blood pressure and heart disease.
3| Foods low in saturated fat and sugar
Try reduce your fat intake. Swap saturated fats (mainly found in fatty meat products, butters, cheeses, snacks, confectionary, processed breads and cakes and some vegetable oils) for unsaturated fats (mainly found in oils from plants and fish). Too much saturated fat can increase the risk of health issues such as cholesterol and heart disease. An adult man should only eat no more than 30g. For women it should be no more than 20g.
Foods and drinks that contain a high sugar content should be taken in small amounts across the day. Eating too much sugar can contribute to obesity, heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. For sugar an adult man should not have more than 9 teaspoons of sugar in a day. And for women no more than 6 teaspoons.
- Reading food labels is important. As most packaging will include the salt, fat and sugar content in the product you are buying.
- These useful tips should be to make you more aware of what you are eating.
- For expert help in starting a balanced and healthy diet plan. And more information about what is useful or harmful. Book an appointment with your local GP. Or the practice nurse. Register with a diet nutritionist who will help to cover each aspect in detail. Plus give you information about special diets for any medical conditions. Assisting you to improve you on what to do and how to do it.
The bible talks about how important nourishing our body and soul is. Like Daniel who chose only to eat vegetables and water for ten days. And when examined was healthier than the men who ate the royal food. [Daniel 1] The choice is ours because everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. [1 Corinthians 6:12] Moderation is clearly the key. [Proverbs 23:20-21] Our aim should be to honour God with our body. [1 Corinthians 6:20] And live a disciplined life accepting correction for our benefit. [Proverbs 10:17] Most importantly Christ is the bread of life [John 6:35] and living water [John 4:14] which will nourish our souls.
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