Keys to a Healthy Diet
As we march ahead into 2013, this is a good time to renew our commitment to healthier living. Our health is one of the most important aspects of our lives. With healthy bodies, we are able to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.
Maintaining a healthy diet is fundamental to healthy living, so here are 3 keys to a healthy diet.
1. Get plenty of fibre. Dietary fibre provides nutrition, is filling and relatively low in calories. High-fibre foods include things like apples, carrots, beans and peas, and whole grains. One of the greatest benefits of fibre is that it lowers blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Fibre is an essential and vital part of a healthy, balanced diet.
2. Make your meals colourful. Green, yellow and
orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots,
broccoli and melon provide valuable antioxidants and
other nutrients. These types of foods may help the body protect
against cancers and other diseases. Ideally you should
eat 5 servings per day.
3. Limit your sugar. Sugary foods, refined grain
products like white bread and salty snacks
are typically calorie-packed. These types
of foods are usually convenience type
food that offer very little in the way
nutrition and actually work against a
healthy and balanced diet. Just one can
of pop per day may add up to 16 pounds
of weight a year.
Small changes to our diet can have a
lasting and measurable impact on the
quality of our life. Over the next couple of
issues of the Balance we'll share more
keys to a healthy diet.