(PRWEB) February 18, 2015 -- Three Easy Guidelines For a Healthy Diet
With all of the information out there about how to eat right, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The recommendations have changed a lot over the years, which can lead to some confusion. Should the focus be on whole grains or avoid carbohydrates as much as possible? Use artificial sweeteners or just sugar? What about margarine versus real butter? With all of the conflicting information, going back to basics can simplify all food choices. Here are three tips from DietTeacherMD for a healthy diet that can make the process a lot easier.
First, focus on whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are as close as possible to their natural form and haven’t been modified or refined. If it doesn’t have an ingredient list, it’s probably a good choice. This means that you’re shopping list should include mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, healthy meats, and dairy. Learning some simple ways to cook whole foods with spices and healthy oils means that the body is getting all the protein, fiber, and healthy fats it needs.
Second, there has been a lot of research that’s shown that sugar plays a major role in inflammation, obesity, and heart disease. That’s not to say avoid all desserts or sprinkling a little sugar on oatmeal. However, the amount of sugar that most people eat is excessive and comes from sodas, processed foods, and corn syrup. Again, focusing a diet on whole foods will automatically help avoid these sources of excess sugar. There are healthy alternatives that don’t have aspartame or saccharin. These include coconut sugar and stevia, among others. And as always, if it’s going to be real sugar, aiming to have small amounts is the next best thing to avoiding it all together.
“Small amounts” leads to the third tip for a healthy diet, which is portion control. Aside from whats eaten, how much eating has a major impact on health and the amount of body fat one can have. One helpful tool for portion control is eating mindfully. Sitting down with a handful of potato chips and taking time to savor them can be much more satisfying than mindlessly eating a whole bag while watching TV. Another great tip for portion control while dining out is to have the server box up half of the meal prior to serving it to you.
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