HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU EAT?
Do you choose your food based on taste, price, convenience or nutritional value? Do you think it impossible to achieve all of these factors together? Are you confused by all the conflicting nutrition advice out there? Do your wonder how your eating habits affect your mood and energy levels during the day? Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated and also does not mean you have to make a lot of compromises. It is possible to adopt healthy and sustainable eating habits if you follow these simple steps.
1. Adequacy: Ensure that your diet provides enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to replace that you use everyday.
2. Balance: Don’t fill up on foods that are rich in some nutrients while ignoring others that are equally important. Example: Extra iron will not make up for lack of calcium.
3. Calorie control: Don’t take more calories than you use. Unused calories get stored as a fat, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.
4. Moderation: Limit foods containing too much fat, cholesterol, or sugar. That doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid them. Moderation in everything including moderation the key to good health.
5.Variety: Eat a wide variety of foods. Not only will you and your family like the meal time more, you will also get to know good and bad of the foods.
6. Hydration: Drink plenty of water. Just being hydrated all day will improve your overall health, energy and mood more than anything you eat or drink.
7. Fiber: A fiber-rich diet helps you be regular, lose weight and lower risk of heart diseases.
In this page I will constantly update what I know about healthy ingredients and ways to incorporate them into your daily life.
CARROTS : This brightly colored vegetable is loaded with beta carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. Growing children need lots of vitamin A to have a healthy eyes.
No wonder people have been eating carrots for thousands of years. Believe it or not, the first carrots were actually purple and yellow. No matter what color you eat, you will be doing your body a favor.
Main benefits of the carrots are, it protects your heart, saves your eyesight, promotes weight loss, fights against cancer, prevents constipation.
Coconuts: Coconuts are one of the wonder food that have multiple health benefits. They can save your life. Few doctors are also recommend the daily use of coconuts as an oil, milk.
Coconuts can help to lower cholesterol, improve digestion, prevent wrinkles, increase metabolism, kill bacteria and more. Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people including my family. I like to use coconuts in many dishes and you can see that in my recipes.
Grains & Lentils: Consuming foods that are rich in fiber and whole grains, as a part of overall diet, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and also help reduce constipation. Grains (with their high fiber content) give a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Eating your grains for at least half of your daily serving has been found to help maintain weight. Lentils are low in calories and high in iron and potassium. They are very important to vegetarians and vegans (low-iron-diets) because they offer a key missing nutrient in their diet – IRON. We can see and hear lot of nutrition experts express the same message about grains and lentils.
Ginger: Most of you probably associate ginger with a spice in the rack or as something only used in Chinese sauces or Indian curries. If you knew the hidden healing secrets of ginger, you will use it a lot more. Ginger is one of the healthiest spices on earth. Other than making your food tastier, it has a lot of what your body and brain craves for.
Here are some of the health benefits of ginger: helps digestion, cures common cold, calms nausea and morning sickness, soothes heartburn, fights against cancer, reduces muscle pain and soreness, reduces joint pain, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, cleans up blood clots, and fights infection. There are more benefits that are just waiting for the scientists to confirm.
Ginger’s shape and form makes it an easy additional to many of your meals. It can be added to your smoothies or any other beverages like tea, Indian chai, and of course to Indian curries. Given its benefits, ease of use, availability and affordability, there is no excuse to not make ginger an active ingredient in your everyday meal and be on the path to a better and healthy lifestyle.