"You are what you eat" - or so the old saying goes. It's remarkable just how much truth there is to that old proverb. What we eat has significant impacts on our overall health. With that in mind, hHere are five quick and easy steps to start improving your health through your diet today!
1. Moderation is Key
The foremost step in eating healthy is learning to relish all your preferred foods in moderation. That doesn't mean you have to cut out all of your favorite foods in one fell swoop. It's all about balance. Give your body the nutrients it requires, while simultaneously pleasing your taste buds.
2. Eat the Rainbow
Here's a fun tip - eat meals that look like the rainbow! Now that doesn't mean you should eat a dinner of Skittles. We're talking about foods that have natural color like fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to eat double the amount of vegetables and fruits as you do carbs and proteins.
3. Don’t Cut Out Meals!
Don't skip out on important meals. Roughly 4-6 hours after you eat, all of the following starts to occur:
- Your brain begins to experience a shortage of fuel
- You start to feel tired, moody, or irritable
- Your cognitive functions decline - impacting your attention, concentration, and memory
If you know you get hungry at certain times, pack a healthy snack to help control your hunger until your next meal.
4. Drink Lots of Water
Water is essential for aiding digestion and other body parts. When you're fully hydrated you will feel less fatigue, look younger, and feel full longer, which saves you from feeding when your body isn’t hungry.
5. Eat Whole Grains
Whole grains contain healthy fibers, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are removed from processed grains. Eating a well-balanced meal that includes whole grains has been demonstrated to decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.