By Dr Pj Prakash
Nutrition is a sometimes complicated subject in today’s world. We often focus on how much we eat and what we eat in terms of weight loss or gain. Yet, making sure we get enough minerals, vitamins and nutrients is barely on many people’s mental radars. If you are looking to improve nutrition in your life, read on for some tips you might not currently know.
An important tip to consider in terms of nutrition for your school age children is to have your child bring lunch to school with them from home. Not only can you be in direct control of what your child eats, but you can also save a lot of money by using leftovers or simple home made lunches. By doing this you may avoid the start of early bad junk food habits.
For a good balanced diet, you should be eating every three hours. Eating small meals every few hours allows you to give your body the nutrients it needs. You need constant energy to live and do the things that you want to do. If you are not providing your body with what it needs, then it will not perform well for you.
Avoid all processed foods at all costs. These foods are simply bad for you in every way. Eat foods that are as close to natural as you can get. Whole grains, whole, raw or lightly cooked vegetables and fruits, and organic, humanely raised meats are your best bets for the best in nutrition.
Nuts contain good, natural oils that nourish your skin, nails, hair and body. Be sure to choose natural, unsalted nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, peanuts, etc.) to snack on instead of candies, chips and other empty foods. Nuts are a healthful, nourishing, skin-friendly alternative to mass produced snacks, that damage your health and your skin.
Eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can will boost your nutrition. They are filled with essential vitamins and minerals and will also help your immune system stay strong. Make sure to still eat your protein at meals, just try to eat a smaller amount and if you feel like snacking, pick up some carrot sticks.
Try your hardest to stay motivated. Often times everyone will go through a phase where they do not feel like continuing with their diet or exercise plan. You have to make a conscious effort to stick with the program and keep going.
For a quality nutrition plan avoid eating foods that are rich in fat, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, or polyunsaturated fat. All fat is fat, the terms they use simply mean “deep fried” or chemically altered. No matter how you look at it, eating too much fat is absolutely horrible for your body.
Omega 3 fatty acids should be consumed for a healthy heart. These poly unsaturated fatty acids work to lower the triglycerides and increase HDL, the good cholesterol, in your body. Omega 3 fatty acids can also prevent blood from clotting inside your body. Studies also show that consuming Omega 3 fats can help to lower blood pressure.
If you want to get the most out of your nutrition plan, then stop using food as a reward. It’s a trap that those on a diet often fall into, wanting to use unhealthy foods as the light at the end of the tunnel after a week of healthy eating and exercise. Unhealthy food is unhealthy food and it’s going to have the same negative effect on your body no matter when it is consumed.
In conclusion, you now have been provided with many helpful tips regarding nutrition. While you may have already known some of this information, we hope that you have either reinforced your current knowledge or learned something new. Use this information and be the controller of your own health.
About the Author:
About author: Dr. PJ Prakash has a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the Univ. of Rhode Island (USA). To learn about nutritional weight loss stop by his site where you can find out all about best nutrition to lose weight