- Published on Monday, 14 March 2011 01:00
- Written by Justine Raahas
It’s very important to pay attention to your health, as it is one of the most important things in your life. Your health will determine how the quality of your life will be, especially during the later years. One way to be healthy is to pay attention to what you eat. Improving your eating habits can be very difficult to achieve, especially during today’s modern times, where fast food and TV dinners are staples. However, this does not mean that you should not try. There are some quick things to make your food and diet healthier, and here are some tips on how to do so.
Choose Foods with Antioxidants
Choose foods with antioxidants, and make sure you get plenty of them in your diet. Antioxidants counter oxidation which causes the aging process of the cells. They also fight against free radicals in the body that cause illness. Fruits and vegetables fall under these categories, but darker fruits or vegetables such as berries and tomatoes are richer in these. Chocolate and cocoa also contain certain antioxidants as well - just avoid low quality selections.
Reduce The Three Major Culprits
Remember the three culprits: sugar, salt and fat. These three components make food unhealthier, but we usually use them to add to the taste of our food. It may be surprising for you to know that you can cut the amount of salt, sugar or fat in your food without affecting the taste too much. For salt recipes, you don’t need to worry since you can always add salt at the table. In order to reduce oil, you can try using a non – stick pan. Baking, steaming and boiling are also better options to frying. To cut down on sugar, you might want to try reducing the sugar that you use by a quarter. There’s a big chance you won’t notice the difference.
Remember that some foods or ingredients contain salt, fat or sugar so make sure that you read the labels and check the nutritional label. Buy low fat or fat free, low sugar or sugar free and low sodium or no salt versions of food if you can find them
Learn To Substitute
Learning to examine and understand nutritional labels allows you to understand how healthy or unhealthy the foods that you eat are. Aside from reading labels, you should also learn how to substitute several types of food for healthier versions. You can try substituting two egg whites for each whole egg, or margarine instead of butter. Light mayonnaise is also better than the regular version, just as non-fat yogurt works just as well as sour cream. Instead of using whole milk, you can substitute it with 1% skim milk. Try to cut down on processed or canned meat and stick to fresh poultry, lean meat and fish instead.
Cook At Home
This is one of the best ways to make the food that you eat healthier. By cooking at home, you lessen the possibility of having to eat out at restaurants and fast food chains. Eating out can make you fat fast as you have no idea what is being used to prepare your food. Only some states are now requiring nutrition menus. Aside from that, you get to control what you add to your meal. Cooking and eating at home also helps you choose the method of cooking and the ingredients that you choose to add to your meal. Again, make sure to limit the three health culprits, and if you plan to use oil choose ones that are rich in omega – 3 fatty acids. Easy and fast dinners exist, here are five examples of meals you can prepare at home.
Stock up your pantry and fridge with healthy ingredients and foods, so that you can whip up snacks and meals anytime you wish.
Remember that eating healthy is a lifestyle choice that includes various changes in the way you eat and prepare food. Healthy eating is a work in progress and it something that you should do every day. Remember that you cannot change the way you eat overnight, and the change comes after continuous effort and time. There are many ways to make your food healthier without having to sacrifice taste. Little changes in how you choose, prepare and eat your food go a long, long way. So start today, take your time and enjoy as you go on your way to healthier eating and ultimately, a healthier you.