Wellness 90: Want to Eat Healthy? Here’s Where to Start.
Eating Healthy Isn’t Easy…
As you begin to age, it’s important to make sure you’re eating healthily and partaking in other beneficial habits, like exercise. It can be hard to change habits you’ve had for a long time, but it can be done!
Much of the foods that are easily accessible are heavy in sugar, unhealthy fats, and grain products such as rice and breads. Add to that a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle, and there’s a whole new set of nutritional battles to deal with. Not only are you not getting the best nutrition at home, but now you’re also consuming unhealthy, highly-addictive fast-food on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, as you continue to learn more about nutrition, it will become easier to share these great options with your friends and family. While you might be met with a lot of resistance, especially from younger generations who can’t bear to give up their chicken nuggets and processed snacks, many of your loved ones will become more open to your guidance. Get ready to hear this question often: “So, what am I supposed to eat?”
It’s a pretty hefty question considering the years and years that many people have been used to eating a certain way. Start them off with a few simple things to stay away from.
Keep it simple.
First and foremost, you should stress that others should do their best to cook using real foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. However, explaining processed foods and ingredients to those who know very little about eating healthy may prove to be another battle. An article on Yahoo! Health, “7 Ingredients Nutritionists Always Avoid” has proven to be a great, basic guide to eating healthy and making better food choices.
Here’s what to avoid:
- Artificial Sweeteners– have been linked to increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes and increasing your calorie intake throughout the day.
- Carrageenan – a thickener found in dairy and milk products, whose safety is still unknown.
- Caramel Color– has been found as a carcinogen in animal testing.
- Trans Fats– artificial saturated fats that may increase your risk for heart disease.
- Sugar– known to increase your risk for several diseases, including obesity and heart disease.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)– known to be very high in sodium and may cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, chest pain and many other healthy concerns.
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup– this sugar replacement, used in many processed foods, has been linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and several other diseases.
The best advice when beginning to eat healthy and trying to remove foods from your diet is to read nutrition labels. If sugar is one of the top ingredients on a food label, you probably shouldn’t eat it. It takes time, but going through the ingredients list on a food label is essential if you want to make sure you’re eating healthy, wholesome foods.
Great for the Wellness 90 Program
These tips are great for those who are on the Wellness 90 Program, especially anyone who’s participating in the Better Health Challenge! With its focus long-term healthy living, the Wellness 90 Program provides measurable results while giving your body the powerful nutrients it needs to thrive. This plan is full of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins. When choosing foods to eat, consider these tips for even better results!