Posted by Dominique Verlato | Posted in Nutrition | Posted on 09-07-2012
Eating right may seem very difficult and boring, but when you know what you are doing and make the right choices, it can be an enjoyable way to improve your life. Being ignorant of your nutritional needs can lead to eating too much or too little, choosing foods which are detrimental to your health and even disease or discomfort. Fear not, the advice that follows will teach you ways to get better nutrition in a safe manner.
Be aware that tinned foods often contain a lot of extra salt. Consuming all this extra salt can easily push you over the recommended maximum daily sodium intake. High sodium intake can lead to health problems or exacerbate existing conditions including high blood pressure. A lot of processed meats are soaked in a salty solution. This can make them unhealthy because of their excessive sodium content.
Increasing your intake of vegetables while reducing your intake of red-meat can benefit your nutritious plan. Eat meat in small amounts, as it contains energy and protein.
Diet at Dusk
Image by Nokton
The Japanese Diet at dusk, Uchisaiwaicho, Tokyo.
Taken with Leica D-Lux 4 at 24mm handheld.
Eat foods from all over the world. You don’t want to get stuck with the same foods because it can taste boring; so change it up and look at the international food section for tasty and nutritional meals.
Try to eat vegetarian proteins as part of your regular diet. There are lots of other foods you can eat that contain protein. These foods include fish, nuts, tofu, and beans. Non-meat proteins can serve as the bulk of your meal, or you can eat them as a side dish or accent ingredient. Include different kinds of protein in your diet to ensure that meals and snacks stay exciting.
Make sure that your diet includes a sufficient amount of calcium. A few examples of these kinds of foods are sardines, soy milk, dried beans, cheese, milk, and green leafy vegetables. This nutrient helps both bones and teeth to stay strong. Not getting enough calcium can cause you to develop a weak bone disorder referred to as osteoporosis. With osteoporosis, little by little, your bones become brittle and soft. It is quite a painful process.
A very healthy and nutritious goal, that would be ideal to aim for, is a balanced mixture of carbohydrates, protein and fat in your diet. Consulting a food pyramid will give you the best ideas as to how much of each food you should be eating. Pay attention to the types of carbohydrates you consume; sugars should not be a disproportionate percentage of this category.
Nutritionists are aware that highly processed foods should be eliminated, or greatly reduced, from the diet. The important nutrients from grains are eliminated when the husk and hull are removed during milling. Does it seem right to strip these nutrients and then purchase wheat germ and fiber additives to enhance your diet? Most likely, your answer is no.
A good piece of advice is to not focus on dessert. Try to only serve dessert a few times per week.
Your nutrition can be easily improved in so many different ways. Use the advice from this article and make a solid nutrition plan for you and your family, which will help you all to live longer, have more energy and have a more healthy outlook on life. Remember, you will be making these lifestyle changes for your own benefit.