The healthiest diet is quite simple. Eat real food. What you eat affects absolutely everything: your health, mood, and what diseases you might develop over time. If you are looking to lose weight, it is more effective to prioritize your nutrition instead. It’s vital to get proper nutrients into your body.
I’m sure you already know to not eat fried foods, drink soda or eat doughnuts all the time but maybe you haven’t given these areas much thought. A few key things that you should be doing: avoid eating ultra processed foods, eat more vegetables, and drink more water. Learning to cook is an important part of healthy eating. Stop listening to what you’ve been told is “healthy” eating and do what feels good for your body.
How To Be Healthy
1. Avoid Ultra Processed Foods.
If you can’t find what’s on the label in your kitchen, avoid overconsumption of this. Start looking at ingredient lists rather than the nutrition facts label. Who cares if something has less carbs if it also has a laundry list of junk in it as well? If you plan to buy something in a box or can, make sure you know what everything is. We do not know what those additives do in our body. We do know that other countries ban some of the things the U.S. does not. “Processed food” includes foods with extra additives, colors, flavorings. Processed food can also include food that is okay, like canned vegetables or healthier cereals. Loading up on processed junk will make you feel sluggish, bloated or irritable.
- Pay attention to ingredient lists
2. Don’t follow a diet
Don’t count calories, carbs, and fat; just eat real food and eat when you’re hungry. With that mindset, you don’t need to worry about counting anything. Eat food that will fill you up and not food that will make you hungry two hours later. Below is a better representation of what is best when consumed.
- Eat real food
- Stop counting calories
3. Eat More Vegetables
Vegetables are one of the most nutritious food you can eat and definitely a part of the healthiest diet. Most of us grow up hating vegetables but they are an essential part of healthy eating. Vegetables don’t have to be boring, it makes such a huge difference if they are flavored properly. If you only like certain vegetables, just start with that and maybe try a new one each month. If you really can’t stand vegetables, you aren’t alone. You can find tons of recipes online that show you how to hide them in your meals. For example, I’ve made pizza that uses cauliflower for the crust instead of flour.
- Embrace the few vegetables you like
- Hide vegetables in tasty recipes
4. Eat More Fat
For decades we have been told that fat and cholesterol are bad but that is not the case at all. The past and present research has shown time and time again that we’ve been mislead but that is something that I go into in another post. Of course we should make sure our fat comes from healthy sources and from healthy animals that eat properly. Don’t count how many grams you’re eating, you’ll be satiated sooner from meal with proper fat.
Find healthy fats such as pasture raised animals, avocados, nuts (except peanuts), uncooked olive oil, coconut oil, pasture-raised butter, eggs. Saturated fat is not bad either. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils you can eat and it has 15 grams of saturated fat. Good fat allows our cell membranes to work properly and allow certain vitamins to get absorbed more easily. Cholesterol has vital roles in the body as well, such plays a role with our hormones and production of vitamin D.
- Good fat does not make you fat
- Include healthy fats at every meal
5. Learn To Cook
This is probably the most important of all. Cooking really encourages the use of real ingredients and allows you to realize the potential that all of these foods have. Naturally, if you are cooking with fresh ingredients, you won’t have to be buying processed foods anymore. When you see a recipe out there that says “Add 1 can of this and 1 can of that” this is not cooking! You need to take the bare ingredients and put them together in order to eliminate all of the extra junk that we don’t want in our food. I know it’s easier and we all have to start somewhere but our goal is to get the point where we aren’t combining cans and boxes but actually creating something from basic ingredients.
If you need help getting the hang of cooking, Blue Apron and similar delivery services will send you quality ingredients with recipes. These types of services are very useful and well worth the cost. If you can follow directions, you can cook, it really is that easy. Go to Pinterest or Google, look for something you like and you will find tons of recipes. After a while, when you are feeling more confident, you can get creative and experiment then you’ll be making up your own recipes. If you feel like you might not have time, you can throw ingredients in a crock pot all day while you are at work and it will be done when you get home.
- Find recipes and start cooking
- Make it easier by using a slow cooker
6. Drink Water
I know you’ve heard it before but it is very important to drink enough water every day. Stop drinking empty sugar drinks or ones filled with chemicals. We think Crystal Light packets are healthy, but have you really taken a look at what is in it? You may be surprised. Water is wonderful. You’ll get use to it. Add some fruit if you’d like. Every system in your body needs water to function. Just a little dehydration and things don’t work as they should. This can show up in many ways like headaches and dry skin.
- Drink water instead of empty flavored drinks
Fresh Idea: The healthiest diet is to eat real food with nutritional value.
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