Eating Healthy Is As Simple As 1-2-3

Photo by jenny downing via Flickr

Photo by jenny downing via Flickr

Most people realize that making changes to their diets could make them healthier.  But with so much confusing, conflicting and restrictive nutritional advice out there, many people are not sure what changes to make.  Should they eat a lot of certain foods?  Should they cut out carbohydrates, meats, etc.?

Don’t worry! Even though we are constantly bombarded with conflicting dietary recommendations on a daily basis, eating healthy is actually not that difficult.

How can I eat healthy?
Having a healthy diet is simple.  There are a few core rules to follow that will get you most of the way there. Start with these three basic rules.

  1. Eat a variety of food: Don’t restrict yourself to just one food category.  You will be doing your body a disservice.  It requires a variety of foods to provide it with all the nutrients it needs to function at its optimal level.  Each of the different foods provide slightly different nutritional benefits.  So, stay far away from any person or product that tells you that you can get all that you need from one single “superfood.”
  2. Eat mostly plant-based foods: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes should make up the bulk of your caloric intake.  These foods are loaded with complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals that are key to a healthy diet.  The rest of your calories can come from lean meats, fish and low fat dairy products, but if you prefer to be a vegan or vegetarian, you could avoid them entirely.
  3. Don’t overeat: It is important to maintain a healthy weight and to not eat more calories than you burn.  Otherwise, you will gain weight.  If you gain too much, it will take a toll on your body, especially if you continually cycle between weight gain and weight loss.  The more active you are though, the more calories you will be able to eat.

Following these three basic rules will help promote health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type II diabetes and cancer.

Do I have to give up my favorite foods?
No, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods.  If your overall diet is healthy, it is okay to indulge in less healthy foods like a cheeseburger, a cookie or a scoop of ice cream once in a while.  Just limit how frequently you eat unhealthy foods and try to eat them in smaller portions.

Changing your diet is not about giving up foods you like and ending up with a bland, boring diet.  Look at it as a food adventure.  It is an opportunity to try different foods that you don’t normally eat.  There are so many tasty fruits, vegetables and grains that most people don’t normally eat that are bursting with rich textures and flavors.  Plus, there is an amazing array of healthy spices and sauces to flavor any dish.  If you’re changing your diet, you now have the perfect excuse to try them!

If you change your diet and disagree, it’s because you haven’t ventured to try enough new foods yet or haven’t tried enough recipes.  If you just remove foods from your diet without adding enough new ones you enjoy, your diet will definitely seem more bland and boring than before.

The bottom line:
Good nutrition is key to good health.  Fortunately, a healthy diet is nowhere near as complicated to achieve as many people think.  By keeping it simple and following the three rules I mentioned, you will be on the road to good health.  So, have fun embarking on your eating adventure!

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  1. Dart Wooden says:

    Thanks for the great tips

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  3. Maria says:

    Yes, it’s all good when you read. Problems are coming when you should stop eating, especially junk, fat food 🙂

  4. Faith Ansah says:

    I enjoyed this article about Healthy Eating and the 50th Pocast for your network, My Congrats! Looking forward to your T.V productions.

    I have simular goals. I encourage new Networkers & Offline Networkers to become Internet Based I often suggest healthier eating tips, nutritional supplements, healthy snacks and teas because of the predicted amount energy needed to successfully transform from a 9-5 type job or a fulltime offline networker. I am in no way a professional nutritionist, But as a Recovering Cancer Patient and the product I promote conditions has lead me to learn and share these insiteful health benefits I’ve experienced from eating and drinking properly especially with Tahitian Noni Fruit Juice, Water and Healthier Green Teas.
    Thank you, for keeping it simple. I’ve found your knowledge and wisdom that you share ver helpful and will also reccomend. Sincerely,

    Faith Ansah

  5. Rosy says:

    Nice post! Great suggestions!!! 🙂

  6. Emily says:

    I think Michael Pollan did you one better in his book “In Defense of Food”:

    Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

    (Of course, there is all kinds of backstory to help people understand what he means, especially by the deceptively simple “eat food” part, but you can’t beat a seven-word prescription for better health!)

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