Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It doesn’t have to be difficult either.
I had to get down to serious work as my savings were going fast, and I was not getting a job anytime soon. Blogging is what I do, and if you want to make a living by blogging, you have to spend hours by your computer typing away, yet the bills are coming every month; I was now very anxious.
It was impossible to go to restaurants regularly, so I had to prepare my own meals, and what I thought was time-consuming and difficult turned out to be very easy and only require planning. The spinoff is, I feel healthy because of the meals I am preparing, and yes, I lost weight and never felt better in my life, and it was not expensive, so I share my tips with you.
Just follow these eight tips to get started
1. Base your meals on starch
Starch makes up around one-third of the foods you eat. Starchy foods include potatoes, cereal, pasta, rice and bread. Choose whole-grain varieties (eat the skin of the potatoes if you can at least); for the fibre and can fill you up in no time, the portion is important. People say that starchy food is fattening, and so I remember those days when I wanted to lose weight and would order mostly protein and vegetables. Before the day was over, I was so tired, but when I checked it out, gram for gram, the carbohydrates they contain, provides fewer than half the calories of fat.
2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Easy does it, chop up a banana over some cereal or swap your mid-morning snack with fruit. It is recommended that we eat five portions of fruits every day, a man who sounds expensive, but do you know you can add fruit to your meal? Yup, vegetables cooked in a meal does count. My mom came over and just chopped up some carrots in my pot of rice and Walla.
3. Eat more Fish
Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim to eat at least two portions of fish a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish contains omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned: but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt.
Oily fish include salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, fresh tuna, sardines and pilchards. Non-oily fish include haddock, plaice, cod, tinned tuna, skate and hake. If you regularly eat a lot of fish, try to choose as wide a variety as possible. My girlfriend said she prefers the tuna without the oil. It is healthier, and she was right.
4. Cut down on Sugar and Saturated Fat
I know we love sweet and saturated fat is to die for, especially if you love patties a much as I do; however, it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much-saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
For a healthier choice, use just a small amount of vegetable oil or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. When you have meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. I just love a hot chicken patty; however, having to cook for myself for a while has opened my eyes to many things, and I am still hooked on patties anyway.
5. Eat less salt
Even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much. About three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, bread and sauces. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. If you want to know more about the big diabetes lie, Click Here!
Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt. Adults and children over 11 should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. Younger children should have even less. I was killing myself by eating out every day; thanks for poverty, which was a joke.
6. Don’t get thirsty
I will not tell you to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day like I did working at the desk job and felt bloated at the end of the day. Still, I will say this, water is important, pure water that is, nothing in that will make it easier to swallow, but you do not have to drink as much as an athlete or the guy who is on his feet all day.
7. Don’t skip breakfast
Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. A whole grain, lower-sugar cereal with fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and nutritious breakfast.
8. Get active
Physical activity can help you to maintain weight loss or be a healthy weight. Being active doesn’t mean hours at the gym: you can find ways to fit more activity into your daily life. For example, try getting off the bus one stop early on home from work and walking. Being physically active may help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Click Here!
After getting active, remember not to reward yourself with a treat that is high in energy. If you feel hungry after an activity, choose foods or drinks that are lower in calories, but still filling. I am still cracking up as we would have a drink after a rigorous Step class, which was not funny.