The old saying “You are what you eat” is certainly true when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. However, eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is not as hard as you may think. You can choose the right foods to keep your body healthy and fit. Here’s how:
Fresh green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits should be at the top of your grocery list. Vegetables and fruits contain many of the forty vitamins and nutrients we need to maintain a healthy body. There are so many types of vegetables and fruits available on the market today that even if you are not a fan of them, you may find some that appeal to your taste buds. Try preparing them in different dishes, cold and hot and see what you like the best. Then include at least five to seven servings a day into your diet. You will soon see a difference in the way you look and feel.
Human beings are not meant to eat a lot of pre-processed foods. Scientists believe that one of the main reasons we are seeing so many cases of chronic health conditions and deadly diseases is because people are eating too many foods that have been processed, had chemicals added or are generally not good for us. When you go to the market, try to include foods that are organic, that is they do not contain harmful chemicals, pesticides and preservatives. If you have an organic market nearby, try also including other chemical free products whenever you can to see a reduction in the harmful chemicals in your meals, your home and your life.
EAT IT RAW
Many foods are better for you if they are uncooked. Vegetables and fruits fall into this category. This means you can buy organic foods, wash them up, chop them and serve them cold just as they are. The benefits of eating raw food are that they still contain enzymes which aid in digestion, plus it introduces more vitamins and minerals. Once you cook or process a vegetable or fruit, it loses enzymes and most of its nutritional value. Cooked vegetables and fruits are often so devoid of any nutritional values that you might as well be eating cardboard.
VISIT THE FARMERS MARKET
Your local farmers market can be your best source for natural and organic foods. Often you will find vendors who live and grow food locally so you will also be helping out the local economy by shopping there instead of supporting a large grocery store chain. If you are a smart shopper, you can also save a lot of money by buying all your vegetables, fruits, and plants at the farmers markets. They’re always interesting places to visit and learn more about a healthy lifestyle.
Written by Anna O’Braidy.