Do we eat to live? Or do we live to eat? The answer to this very important question lies at the centre of the dietary choices we make as adult human beings. Who doesn’t love food? One could argue that food is the most pleasurable and delightful factor about human life. Yet, it never means that we could be cavalier with our choices of what we feed our body. For as we know, in the end, we reap what we sow.
Here are a few tips to help you make the right choices when it comes to food:
Food is good when you are focusing on a variety of food groups. It’s an easy way to ensure your body gets all the necessary nutrients. While you are at it, you should eat more dark green veggies such as broccoli as well as orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. When it comes to protein, don’t just go for meat and fish, try to eat soybean chunks and lots of lentils as well.
Get the Facts of Fats
There are good fats, like unsaturated ones, and bad fats like saturated fats or trans fats. Yet, most of us don’t have any idea regarding it. Ensure you cook only with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils, e.g. olive, canola or sunflower oils. Also, do not forget to check the Nutrition Facts label on food packaging. An easier way to eat good fats is to not eat processed meats just as hot dogs, salami and bacon. While you are at it, grill, broil, bake or steam your meat rather than just frying it. Also, choose, low-fat milk, yoghurt or cheese.
Less Sugar is More Life
Try to cut out sugar from your life as much as possible. Drink a lot of water; add lemons, lime or cucumber. Replace cakes with fruits, replace ice cream with yoghurt. Use palm candy and jaggery in the place of regular sugar.
Say No to Sodium
Try to use potassium salts instead of sodium salts in your food. Instead of using regular salts in dishes like pasta, try use alternative means to bring out the taste you desire. Overall, just change the taste of your tongue to accommodate your new lifestyle.
In the end, your health is in your hands.