You may have recently heard that if you eat the right foods your body can heal itself. While the right diet of nutrient rich foods and less saturated fats may be better for you, there is no proof yet that it’s a miracle cure for any illnesses. According to a recent post by Allied Health Institute, the root of our issues stems from our unhealthy American diet.
So what can you do to help get healthy, and maybe even cut out some of your medications (with the OK of your doctor of course)? Here are some tips for how eating better can help you feel better.
Don’t Neglect the Power of Fruits and Vegetables
If you take a multivitamin or supplement every day, have you ever thought about looking into what foods those specific nutrients you are looking for come from? You’ll find that you get a better quantity of vitamins and minerals from the real thing. While supplements are helpful, they are not as good as eating the real thing.
If you are on a restrictive diet or medications that deplete certain vitamins in your body it can be important to take a supplement of some sort, but don’t assume just because you take it in pill form you shouldn’t still get it fresh too. Always try to fill a third of your plate with vegetables. When you crave sweets, eat fruits instead of junk food.
Always Have a Well Rounded Diet
It’s important to cover all of the food groups in your daily diet. A well balanced diet goes a long way toward keeping you healthy. You cannot simply live on fruits and vegetables alone (well, you can, but it takes some work). You want to get the right amount of grains, dairy and meat also.
Try making sure that you have an array of colors on your plate, which will help you get the broadest amount of vitamins and nutrients. Eat different meals also, so that you don’t get bored with certain foods. If you spend too much time eating the same lunch every day, it’s pretty likely that you’ll get sick of something in that meal and you don’t want to lose out on trying new and different things either.
It can help to experiment with seasonings for different flavors when it comes to vegetables you don’t like. Try a new recipe once in a while too so that you can broaden your palate.
Eating healthy isn’t a difficult task. The key elements include more vegetables, smaller portions, and including variety. Avoid processed foods when you can, as these have normally lost a lot of their nutrients. Cooking from scratch may take a little longer, but it fills you with healthy rewards.