Ten Strategies for Healthy Food Habits.
Energy. Wellness. Go for it!
First of All: Lack of Exercise and Improper Nutrition Favor the Onset of Disease...
Many health problems related to bad eating habits, as well as a lack of proper physical activities, including the following:
Type 2 Diabetes;
Certain types of cancer;
High blood pressure (hypertension);
Heart disease and related circulatory problems;
1. Learn to interpret food labels.
This is very important, since it helps us to choose foods that are healthy for our daily diet and avoid the ones which contain unhealthy chemicals, refined sugars or bad fats.
Learn to distinguish between the good fats and carbohydrates from the less healthy ones:
* Image (public domain) por Trounce (USDA food label) / Wikipedia
2. Adjust adequate portions of different foods.
Meats, vegetables, and grains, for example, in every meal, in order to encourage limiting the quantity of certain foods and combining different food groups, as well.
* USDA MyPlate nutritional guide (2011) - public domain | Wikipedia.
3. Try new and different foods and combine them to make a more balanced and nutritious meal.
In the Paso del Norte Region, you can find plant foods from Mexico, India, Thailand, China, and the Middle East, which can be healthy and tasty at the same time!
4. Increase the amount and variety of fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables in your diet.
This automatically increases the amount of a wide variety of nutrients and fiber which are good for your health.
5. Be aware of the possible interactions between some foods and medications.
Grapefruit or grapefruit juice should not be taking together with certain medications to treat heart ailments (calcium channel blockers) or to lower cholesterol (certain “statin” drugs).
Check with your pharmacist or physician to know more about other possible interactions.
6. Avoid fried foods.
When different types of fats or oils are heated they can become unhealthy and may cause diverse problems for our health, including overweight, diabetes, and obesity, as well as many complications that come with these ailments.
7. Avoid refined or highly- processed foods...
... such as white sugar, soft drinks or carbonated beverages, some commercial breakfast cereals, refined flour and pasta, including white bread and most pastries.
8. Engage in regular physical activity.
Choose an activity that is fun for you and invite family and friends to join you; this makes it more fun and helps to motivate you to continue doing them. Monitor your weight so you can be aware of the benefits of a healthy diet and regular physical activity..
Avoid being sedentary!
9. Teach your children healthy eating habits...
....such as how to choose healthy foods over “junk food” (candy bars, fried snacks, and processed products made from refined flour) and unhealthy beverages (soda pop and some “energy drinks” which may contain a lot of sugar, caffeine and other stimulants, as well as artificial colors).
Set a good example for healthy nutrition, as many of our behaviors, both positive and negative, are learnt at a very young age.!
10. Share and prepare meals with the whole family.
This favors communication, family togetherness, and will give you the opportunity to be more aware of the types of foods your family eats, in order to correct any unhealthy eating habits.