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6 Tips on Healthy Eating to Maintain Wellness

Updated on February 17, 2016

Health is the greatest asset that one may have, and without a good health, we cannot enjoy life to the fullest. Nevertheless, in this modern life, many people are too preoccupied with work and other responsibilities to find time to take care of themselves, and more and more people suffer from various health-related issues. Fortunately, it is not difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and wellness, and following a healthy eating habit is definitely a great start. These following 6 tips can help you to considerably improve your eating habits, become healthier and keep fit.

Always eat breakfast

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of a day as an old and wise saying advises "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper". Breakfast enables you to perform your best throughout the day, enhances your concentration ability and lowers the risk of obesity, heart diseases, and other health problems. Many people skip breakfasts in their attempt to lose weight but researchers show that this strategy actually makes it even harder for them to control their weight. Depending on your schedule and preferences, you can have different options for breakfast, and there are many choices for a healthy breakfast. Cereals, milk, fruits, yogurt, wholegrain toasts, eggs, bacon etc. are easy to prepare and provide you with enough energy for the day.

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Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are delicious, easy to prepare and contain many important vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health. They also provide you with dietary fiber and potassium which are good for your digestive system. Moreover, fruits and vegetables are low in calories but they can still fill you up. Therefore, they are the favorite choice for those who want to lose weight. To make vegetables more attractive, you can try to prepare them in different ways, use new sources and low-fat dressings for your salads, add veggies to other dishes whenever possible, or use them to decorate your serving dishes. If budget is your concern, you should stick to fresh vegetables and fruits in season or buy on-sales items in bulk and share with your friends or family. Also, local farmer markets can offer fresher products at a lower price.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away
An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Top 6 great eating habits

  • Always eat breakfast
  • Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables
  • Cut down on fat
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Continue healthy eating habits even during holiday season
  • Go for food that strengthens your immune system

Cut down on fat

Food such as cakes, ice-cream, chocolate, fried food, meat and so on are undeniably tempting. However, they contain a lot of fat and calories that if consumed excessively can increase the level of cholesterol, raise the risk of obesity and cause other related health issues. Saturated fat which is abundant in animal fat is even more damaging than unsaturated fat. On average, a man should consume less than 30g of saturated fat a day, while that figure for woman is 20g. To keep track of your intake, you should form a habit of reading the label of the product to find out their content. Besides you should stay away from junk food and other sugary beverages.

Drink plenty of water

The benefits of water are enormous. Water accounts for roughly 70% of our body and it is necessary for a lot of functions of the body. Drinking water regularly also helps you to have a more beautiful skin and reduces muscle fatigue. In order to encourage yourself to drink more water, you should keep a bottle of water of your favorite kind in convenient places such as your car, your desk and your handbag. You should also drink water in the morning, while exercising and with every meal and snacks. You can also try infused water which gives water more flavors and vitamins.

Food, food, food everywhere
Food, food, food everywhere

Continue healthy eating habits even during holiday season

Holiday is a great time for family reunions and celebrations, and food is the most anticipated tradition of holidays. Trying to lose weight over the holiday season might be an overly ambitious goal but at any rate you still need to keep up a balanced diet. Before starting the meal, you should ask for the list of food served to skip the least favorite food and save yourself for your most favorite ones. You should always have at least one vegetable dish in one meal, and once you feel satisfied, it is time for some fruits as your desserts. Also, even though you will be busy with all the gatherings and parties, you should find some time for exercises to prevent unwanted weight gain.

Go for food that strengthens your immune system

Food not only provides you with nutrients and energy but it also helps you to fight diseases. There are many types of food that can improve your immune system and stay active. When it comes to vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, fresh organic vegetables and fruits are the greatest sources. Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are known for being rich in vitamin C. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that are good for your intestinal system. Besides, some herbs and spice such as garlic, pepper, and cinnamon helps your immune system to perform properly.

In sum, sticking to these tips can majorly improve your eating habit and help you to stay healthy, which can keep you active and enable you to enjoy life.

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    • Kelsey Farrell profile image

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      great tips--i have a problem getting a lot of fruits in (not veggies, though) and drink a ton of water each day. Any tips about getting more fruit in particular into the diet?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      more fruits and vegetables and less fats in dairy food should be ok, voted up