What should I eat if I want to be healthy?
If you are wondering about healthy foods to eat daily, you can be forgiven if the question of what to eat seems to be getting more complex by the day. The internet supplies us with a never ending list of diets and nutritional regimes. We are also constantly bombarded with ‘new products’ in the media, so it can be all to easy to put healthy eating in the ‘too hard’ basket.
Therefore I’m going to keep the message really simple here today. For optimal health, longevity, increased energy levels, good strength, recovery and many other wonderful things:
Eat a wide variety of REAL food that is right for YOU“
If you make one change to your nutrition from today, swap something less ‘real’ for something more ‘real’. That will be a great start in selecting healthy foods to eat daily.
What is real?
A good start is to consider whether it has come from the ground, a tree, or an animal. In other words, from something that was once living. Providing it still closely resembles the state it started in, this is good and means it probably hasn’t gone through endless levels of processing and nutrient destruction before it reaches your mouth.
Here are two examples to get you started:
1Swap processed cereal for whole grains, nuts, seeds (remember to soak them first) as well as fresh fruit. Do not be deceived by labels claiming “full of wholegrain goodness” – if it’s a flaky or puffy piece of something, the whole grain goodness is likely to be long gone.
That’s it. No deprivation and no calorie counting. Choosing healthy foods to eat daily doesn’t need to be complex. Make it sustainable by ensuring the change you make is small and you focus only on one thing at a time.
List of healthy foods to eat daily
If you do not follow a vegetarian diet, you could also eat meat and/or seafood. With a well balanced diet you should not need to consume these foods every day however. If you do not follow a vegan diet, you could also add eggs and/or dairy products. Again, with a balanced diet you should not need to consume these foods daily. If you are going to eat dairy, try to find full fat, little-processed options.
You can also ensure that the choices you make for your food pantry are as close to whole foods and as ‘real’ as possible. Get a list of essentials in the article ‘pantry essentials for a healthy food kitchen‘. Perhaps you want to explore the benefits of a low sugar diet? In that case, check out this blog post.
Fermented foods are also recommended as part of a healthy food plan.
Need some inspiration for delicious healthy meals? Check out my post about the best healthy cookbooks.
We all get off track with healthy eating from time to time. If this sounds like you, check out these tips to help you recover and get back on track.
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I write for a number of publications and generally publish a blog once a week about finding ways to enjoy a more happy and healthy lifestyle.
I also come across a lot of useful healthy information all the time. If I find something of value, I'd love to share it with you.
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