Nowadays with our busy lifestyle, it is becoming more and more difficult to spend time on cooking in house. More people now prefer to go to a fast food restaurant, eat and leave under half an hour. Not many people pay attention to what they eat and whether or not they are taking all of their necessary daily vitamins and minerals. We don’t pay attention if we have had enough fiber or calcium or even protein in our food. We may not know what kind of oil has been used to cook the food we are eating and in overall we may never ask ourselves if we are eating healthy.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean that we change all of our normal eating habits and follow a restrict diet. If we just try to follow a couple of the following suggestions, we have come a long way and improved our eating habit a lot. First things first, try to cook at home more often. It may seems difficult initially but as soon as you start cooking at home, you will get used to it and enjoy it. By cooking at home, not only you will have control over the quality of the ingredients, but also you can cook healthier. Steamed organic vegetables at home, sprinkled over with a high quality olive oil, some salt and pepper is much more healthier and more delicious than deep fried vegetables in a low quality oil at a restaurant.
Try to have some easy and quick recipes for healthy meals handy. keep fresh and also some frozen ingredients at home and force yourself to use them. Keep a couple of main herbs and spices such as bay leave, rosemary, paprika, pepper and cinnamon at home and use them in your cooking experiences.
For your daily eating habit, pay more attention to the nutrition fact of each food product. Instead of junk foods, sweets and processed foods, eat vegetables, dried nuts and fruits. Avoid trans fats and limit your daily taking of saturated fats such as cream and butter. Trans fats increase the risk of coronary heart disease. Trans fats on the other hand raise the level of cholesterol in the blood and therefore increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Use vegetable oils such as canola oil for frying or high-heat cooking and also olive oil in salads and low-heat cooking.
For your daily fiber, instead of white breads, start eating whole-wheat breads and also other sources of fiber such as fruits and vegetables. Fibers not only can aid digestion but also can lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. And last but not least, eat more white meats and less red meats. Red meats contains bad cholesterol and excessive eating of them should be avoided. Also oily fish such as salmon or cod contain some of the necessary amino acids that our body cannot produce.
By following these suggestions hopefully you would embrace a healthier lifestyle and become more aware of the importance of the healthy eating.