10 Easy Ways to Eat Your Way to Good Health

Today I have a guest post for you by Shannon, read on to see her healthy tips!


10 Easy Ways to Eat Your Way to Good Health

There may be many ways to ensure that you stay in good health, but the best of them all is through your diet. There is more than a grain of truth to the saying that you are what you eat, so if you’re going to put junk in your body, your health is going to be junk as well. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to struggle hard to fit a healthy diet into your lifestyle. It’s easy if you know a few tricks and shortcuts, and best of all, you don’t have to cut out all the foods that are deemed to be “unhealthy” and on the avoid list:
  1. Never skip breakfast no matter how much of a hurry you’re in because this is the most important meal of the day. It not only provides you with energy for the day but also kick starts your metabolism and gets your body to effectively use all the calories you consume and burn all the fat you store.
  2. Eat something when you wake up; most of us are used to drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but when you eat a fruit or a slice of bread before your coffee, you boost your weight loss efforts.
  3. Eat smaller meals, say five or six mini meals a day instead of three large ones. You not only feel lighter and more energetic, you tend to lose weight as well.
  4. Don’t starve yourself because it’s certainly not going to help you lose weight. Rather, your metabolism decreases because your body starts to break down your muscles when it is denied fuel.
  5. Eat smart by limiting portions of foods that you love but that are fatty and unhealthy to eat on a regular basis. Rather than risk a binge by denying yourself even a taste of your favorite foods, allow yourself small portions as a treat every now and then.
  6. Snack on healthy food when hungry; and to ensure that you don’t reach for that bag of chips and jar of dip, remove temptation from your way by avoiding keeping unhealthy snacks at home or within easy reach.
  7. Eat dinner early, at least three hours before you go to bed so that you’re able to sleep better and more soundly. Eating close to dinner time leaves undigested food in your stomach which leads to heartburn and acidity.
  8. Drink lots of water and other fluids, but avoid sugary and aerated drinks because they add to your daily calorific count without adding any nutrition to your diet. Water keeps your body healthy by flushing out toxins from your blood, making your skin glow, and aiding in the digestion process.
  9. Combine a healthy diet with a little exercise to boost your health quotient; when you work out for at least 30 minutes a day, four days a week, you reduce the risk of disease and illness.
  10. Don’t obsess about food – it’s not good to either count every calorie compulsive or be totally careless and eat whatever and whenever you feel the need to do so. Both extremes are undesirable, so eat smart, and eat your way to a healthier life.

By-line:
This guest post is contributed by Shannon Wills, she writes on the topic of Physical Therapy Assistant . She welcomes your comments at her email id: shannonwills23@gmail.com.

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tam said...

Great post! I agree with every point especially the breakfast points, I try and tell my friends this but do they listen, no! x x

Mags said...

Words to live by. Good post!

Jennifer said...

Fabulous post! I agree with everything! :)

Kat said...

Great tips!! I really like the one about eating something when you wake up. I never think about that! I just grab my coffee and then get breakfast a few hours later!

Evan B said...

Nice tips.. I NEVER skip breakfast..why would anyone do that? no muffins, pancakes, omelets? those people are crazy!

Great tips! I never understand how people can skip breakfast. I would be starving by 10 am!

Lisa said...

this is a great post, thank you! I always eat breakfast (my favorite meal) but I'm not so great with the 5-6 mini meals a day. I like having balanced meals (fruit, veggies, protein) and I'm not sure how to pare them down small enough. I wish I could figure it out.

Thanks for all the great tips!

sarah said...

Great tips! This summer I'm making a real effort to snack more healthily. I've started keeping whole wheat crackers and veg spread around for when I want a mid-morning snack. Just cook any veggie until it's soft, then blend it up with a bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Add lemon juice if you want, or a garlic clove, or some other seasoning. I got this idea from Mark Bittman's brilliant book, Food Matters. Thanks for the encouragement with healthy eating.

All good points to keep in mind!

Kara said...

The whole 5-6 meals a day thing has been debunked over and over and over. Eating more frequently does not boost your metabolism. The only benefit it *can* have is to help people control hunger. However, people who are more comfortable with 2 or 3 meals a day shouldn't feel like they're sabotaging weight loss or being unhealthy. It's all about what works for each individual.

stephchows said...

Kara I agree totally that it is what works best for you. I'm totally a 5-6 meal person, but at the same point, the don't eat 3 hours before bed... totally don't do that LOL.

Kara said...

The whole 5-6 meals a day thing has been debunked over and over and over. Eating more frequently does not boost your metabolism. The only benefit it *can* have is to help people control hunger. However, people who are more comfortable with 2 or 3 meals a day shouldn't feel like they're sabotaging weight loss or being unhealthy. It's all about what works for each individual.

Lisa said...

this is a great post, thank you! I always eat breakfast (my favorite meal) but I'm not so great with the 5-6 mini meals a day. I like having balanced meals (fruit, veggies, protein) and I'm not sure how to pare them down small enough. I wish I could figure it out.

Jennifer said...

Fabulous post! I agree with everything! :)

Evan B said...

Nice tips.. I NEVER skip breakfast..why would anyone do that? no muffins, pancakes, omelets? those people are crazy!

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