People who have spent a lifetime not thinking about what they eat and suddenly need to consider everything they consume can be daunting. However, the benefits you’ll get from sticking to a healthy diet far outweigh the downsides.
One of the most important reasons for maintaining a healthy diet is that it’s a way of controlling one’s blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the number one cause of death for adults in the US is heart disease.
Just eating foods high in fiber and low in certain fats can help reduce this risk considerably. It can also limit the number of processed foods you consume.
Consuming foods that are high in antioxidants can help ward off cancer. At the same time, vitamins K and B are great for fighting harmful bacteria and viruses and improving overall gut health. As you can see, the relationship between food and good health is strong.
It may seem like a lot to take in at first. But once you’ve learned the foundations of healthy eating and the effects different foods have on your body, the hard work is done. From there, it’s just a case of throwing together your favorite healthy foods to create the most amazing and unique dishes that you know you’re going to love.
And on top of that, they’ll be super healthy!
A diet that’s considered healthy includes nutrient-dense foods, covering all the major food groups. This includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and a portion of good fats.
There are plenty of healthy dishes that are easy to do and cover a good deal of these food groups all in one portion. But, if you’re feeling confident, and want to have a go at making your own marvelous creation, then that’s great. Prepare your ingredients, stick your favorite show in the background, and let the culinary magic begin.
To get you started in the right direction, we’ve put together a little list of some of the best (and worst) foods to consume:
Fish, nuts (particularly almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans), berries, leafy greens (typically, the darker, the better, such as spinach and kale, and whole grains).
Potato chips, doughnuts, white bread, and any fried food are better to avoid. If you can stick to a diet that’s made up of as many superfoods as possible, with very few unhealthy additions, you’ll be well on your way to living a healthier life.