Eating Healthy And According To A Preset Eating Plan

icedteaSince I have started eating healthier, I am more often than not following along according to a plan.

I have begun walk/jogging again starting at 1-1 1/2 miles daily and this will increase gradually as my weight drops off.

I have big goals this year and in order to make them happen, I need all the energy I can create by losing weight and exercising regularly.

So I have been reading a lot on healthy food and driving my energy supply up the roof! Here are some tips for healthy eating that I am practicing.

Eating for a Healthier Me

Most people know they need to improve their diets in one way or another.  They also recognize how difficult this is when you drive down the street and you see a McDonald’s on every corner or a line of fast food restaurants.

Our lives have all become about convenience and in exchange for convenience we have become the most obese country in the world.  With our instant gratification lifestyles we also know that eating healthy can be a challenge.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way and there are steps that we can take to balance the good and the bad, so that we can enjoy a Happy Meal with the kids on occasion.

Making our everyday diet healthier will allow us to improve the way we look, as well as the way we think.  It’s never too late to change our eating habits, we need to have the personal motivation to do it.

eggsIs Your Diet Healthy Enough?

Everyone wants a healthier diet, but with all of the conflicting nutrition information in the media it is hard to determine what type of diet is healthy.

There are many factors that contribute to a healthy diet.  It is important to evaluate the current diet that you eat before you embark on a plan to become a healthier eater.

Keeping in mind that everyone has different needs, personalize your own eating plan that works best for you. You will find I regularly talk about individualizing each recommendation to what works best for you. Do more of what works, do less of what doesn’t.

Begin by asking yourself these simple questions:

o    Do I eat a variety of different foods? Variety is one of many important parts of a healthy diet.  It is important to eat foods from all of the food groups.  If you find yourself avoiding certain food groups, such as fruits and vegetables, then it may be time to adjust the way you eat. Saying that, I have drastically reduced grains in my life due to their inflammatory nature, and high carb loads.

o    Do I eat enough fruits and vegetables? It is important to choose from a variety of different fruits and vegetables.  In fact, you want to get all of the different colors of these foods in your diet because each offers their own unique vitamins and minerals that are essential to your diet.  Eat dark greens, reds, oranges and yellows.

o    Do I drink a lot of water?  Water is the foundation to life.  Your body needs plenty of water and is important for maintaining a healthy diet.  If you drink a lot of soda or coffee, you may be dehydrating yourself.

o    Do you get enough roughage or fiber in your eating plan? Fiber is critical to the proper function of your elimination system. Increase your fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to increase your fiber consumption.

o    Am I able to maintain my weight loss program? Consistent weight loss is about proper mindset and discipline.  You must win that battle first. Following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Make it about a lifestyle change, not a diet. It is your life after all. And cheat meals are allowed. Eating plans are less about restriction of unhealthy food, but of crowding them out with healthier choices.

o    Do I limit the amount of salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine that I consume? These are okay in moderation, but a lot of people use these in excessive amounts.  These four elements can wreak havoc on a healthy diet.

o    Am I getting enough healthy fats from wild cold water fish or organic nuts and flax seeds? Did I consume enough this week or should I be supplementing?

I find that by making notes of what I eat, and analyzing and adjusting my eating plan, I can ask myself these questions and more often than not come up with positive answers of late. My weight loss plan demands it…

Hope I am not boring you with my new challenge, but writing about it keeps my focus sharp and on my goals.