Top 5 Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Life
It’s a lifestyle
We’ve said it a million times and we’ll keep saying it, eating healthy is a lifestyle. Although some strict diets are great to help you get to a goal, to maintain optimal health, you need to stick to a lifestyle plan. A plan doesn’t mean following a strict diet all the time, it means understanding what your body needs. Here are 5 nutrition tips that will get you on the right path to a healthy life for good.
The 80/20 Rule
No one is perfect. Allowing yourself some flexibility with your diet will make it easier to eat healthy most of the time. Instead of going on a weeklong food binge, allow yourself a day or two where you are still eating healthy, but maybe indulging in a few things you don’t normally eat – like appetizers and dessert.
Always add more vegetables
One thing that will never ruin your diet is vegetables. Most are low in fat, a lot of are low in carbs, and they are rich in nutrients. You can roast many with just a little butter and salt and pepper to bring out the flavors. However, if you really want to spice things up, try tossing them in some Saveur Spices beforehand.
read nutrition labels
Packaged foods can be a tricky source of unwanted calories. You may think that something is healthy because it has vegetables or the packaging says low fat, but make sure to always look at a nutritional panel to confirm. Plus, you’ll want to make sure you’re buying packaged foods with a small ingredient list.
Drink plenty of water
Not only do you need water to stay hydrated, but water also supports your metabolism. A healthy metabolism will digest and breakdown foods for energy and burn fat. Plus, water helps transport nutrients throughout the body that support many aspects of your health.
Supplement your diet
Even if you are eating a diet rich in vegetables and healthy proteins and fat, you will still need supplements. Foods no longer contain the high nutrient values they once did you need at least 90 essential nutrients for optimal health.
Remember, eating healthy doesn’t mean sticking to a strict diet forever. It means doing the best you can and by following these 5 tips, you’ll be well on your way!