We all know the importance of eating right in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but over and over again I am asked the same questions. Today I wanted to share with you the answers to these four common questions about eating right. One of the biggest problems we have today is that even though as a society we understand the importance of eating right, most people still do not do the things necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
One of the biggest reasons many of us are still not eating right is the belief that to maintain this healthy lifestyle is both expensive and takes us so much longer to fix proper healthy and nutritious meals. Some healthy food choices can be expensive, but there are many alternatives for those on a budget including baking your own breads and other baked goods, growing your own herbs and vegetables and buying in bulk. As for the time factor, one of the ways I combat this is by preparing meals ahead of time and freezing them into family sized portions. Many of us tend to look for quick fixes when we are pressed for time and having a complete meal that you can simply reheat is a great option to fast food. I also tend to rely a lot on my slow cooker and there are some fantastic recipes that are both healthy and delicious.
I hear so many conflicting reports of what I should and shouldn’t be eating that I never know what to believe. What is the best way to truly know what we should be eating?
You can never go wrong when you turn to your family doctor for advice, but sometimes this is not always convenient. Your best choice by far is to follow Canada’s Food Guide and create meals that contain choices from the basic four food groups. If you aren’t sure what those four food groups are don’t be afraid to visit your local library or check out this website. If you maintain a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, dairy products, high-protein foods and whole grains you will be on a good road to creating both a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. For more information on the exact amounts and types of fats, carbs, and other foods that are best for you and your body, always go back to my first bit of advice and make an appointment with your family doctor.
How do I learn how to eat right?
If you want to learn how to eat right you can read about it in books from the local library, keep on visiting our blog, talk to your doctor or consult with a registered dietician. Since every person is so unique, your doctor will be able to tell you how to go about doing this correctly for your unique body. Remember too that you cannot just jump in and change everything about you overnight; you have to take time to start, to learn and most importantly to do it properly because each individual is different.
Will I feel better if I eat right?
Eating right has a lot to do with how we feel. If we lack nutrients, it can make us feel a lack of energy, depressed, ill, and fatigued. Foods will always be our best source of nutrients and vitamins and when you eat right and find a healthy balance of all the nutrients and vitamins your body requires you will inevitably feel better.