Whenever somebody mentions the word ‘diet’, most people associate it with starving yourself senseless and depriving yourself of the food you enjoy the most. However, this doesn’t have to be true. A diet refers to the choice of food you normally eat, and if you make that choice wisely, you can continue eating some of your favorite meals, while keeping your weight, as well as your health, completely under control. Here are some general tips to help you eat healthier and stay fit.
Make your oatmeal more enjoyable
A breakfast of oatmeal is a great way to start your day. Depending on how you like your oatmeal, you can cook it, using two measures of water per one measure of oats, or eat it raw. You should be aware, though, that a cup of raw oatmeal has nearly three times more calories than a cup of it cooked. Also, if you’re having it raw, you should always soak it in some sort of liquid, whether it’s milk, yogurt, or just water. Combining your oats with nuts and fruit will make it tastier and more fun, allowing you to make varieties of the same meal, so that you don’t get bored of it. Hot or cold, it’s a healthy meal for any day, and it’s easy to make, so there’s no reason for you not to enjoy it.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are amazing whichever way you have them, a base for one of the main meals, or a snack between them. If you can have them fresh and unprocessed, that would be perfect, since that way your body will get the best or their nutrients. However, even if you cook some of them, you’re still making a good dietary choice, a much better one than reaching for junk food. Visit your local farmers’ market and buy seasonal fruits, such as strawberries and cherries in spring, melons and peaches in summer, or grapes and pears in the autumn. If you prefer vegetables, you can always get some tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers for a fresh salad, or leafy greens, squash and cauliflower if you want to cook a low-calorie meal with high nutritional values. Plus, you can always combine fruit and vegetables with nuts or whole grains and make delicious smoothies to have at home or take out with you wherever you go.
Be wise with your meat
The common belief that red meat is bad for you isn’t really all that true. Beef is an excellent source of protein and amino acids your body needs in order to be healthy, especially if you’re physically active. The case is similar with pork tenderloin, which has as much lean protein as most of the chicken or turkey you eat. If you meals contain meat, the way you prepare them is very important. Even if you choose the low-fat pieces like chicken or turkey breast, frying your meat will increase your intake of unnecessary and unhealthy fat, so you should avoid this way of preparing it. Instead, you can grill it, steam it or stir-fry it, making a wonderfully tasty, but still healthy meal. Consider investing in Maytag Cooktop, since the temperature at which you prepare your meat is also important, and this way you can control it easily, in order to retain all the nutrients in your dish.
Make your snacks count
If the time between two of your meals is too long, you’ll be more likely to eat too much or reach for candy or various salty snacks. This is why it’s good to plan your snacks, knowing exactly when you’ll eat them and what they’ll consist of. As already mentioned, fresh fruit or vegetables, whether chewed on or drunk in a form of smoothie can be very satisfying, but still very healthy. You can even mix some fruit with honey and Greek yogurt for a low-fat, low-sugar and low-calorie frozen yogurt version. Also, you can make your own granola bars, or simply have some nuts instead. Snacks will keep you full till your next meal, and allow you to focus on whatever you have to do.
What you drink matters
Staying hydrated is essential for your overall health, since water keeps your body functioning, regulating its temperature and helping it get rid of waste. About eight glasses of water a day is a generally recommended dosage, but it varies from one person to another. If you feel thirsty, you should drink water, regardless of how much you’ve already had. If you want to add some flavor to your water, infuse it with some lemon, lime, grapefruit, berries or even cucumber. Another option is tea, green tea in particular, which is also very healthy and has many detoxifying properties. Avoid sugary and fizzy drinks and limit your coffee intake. Also, when it comes to alcohol, the safest options would be to have some wine or beer from time to time, while avoiding high-calorie cocktails or excessive drinking of any kind.
Maintaining a balanced diet is a huge step towards a healthy lifestyle. However, don’t forget that your diet is just one way to maintain good overall health. So, combine it with physical activity of your choice for a better effect.