Tips to Start Eating Healthier Today!
A few changes Can make a big difference
As we begin to age, it’s important to make sure we’re eating healthy and partaking in healthy habits. For many, this may mean making pretty big changes to your diet and lifestyle. This can be difficult for individuals who have been following the same diet for decades. However, the reality is that as we age and our bodies changes, we need to adapt our diets to fit the needs of these changes.
Eat whole foods, avoid processed foods
First and foremost, you should always do your best to cook using real, whole foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. You may ask, what designates a food as a processed food? One good guide can be found in “7 Ingredients Nutritionists Always Avoid” published on Yahoo! Health. It’s a great, basic guide to improving your food choices.
When looking at a food label, nutritionists ask you to avoid the following ingredients:
- 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 biggest thing 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 may take some extra time, but going through the ingredients list on a food label is essential if you want to make sure you’re eating healthier.
In addition to eliminating processed foods from your diet, try adding Youngevity’s Ultimate Youth™ Green Super Food to your routine. It contains 46 powerful fruits and vegetables including wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, dulse, blueberry and cranberry. This is an easy way to boost whole food intake and add greens to your diet. Remember, constant changes will be necessary, just do your best to make healthier choices to help your body thrive.