It's a truth universally acknowledged that physical beauty comes from within and is affected by numerous factors, such as life style, emotional condition, and eating habits. To have a healthy body, radiant skin, good teeth and silky hair you have to be very careful with what you eat.
Healthy eating is not as complicated as it may seem. Eating more fruit and vegetables is one of the most important ways to guard your health; however it is often neglected. Nutritionists recommend eating five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
Be sure to eat whole grain products, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, and fish. Drink lots of water and try to avoid salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat. Healthy food choices should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which also includes regular physical activity, not smoking, and avoiding stress.
Going to extremes and experimenting with a variety of diets can seriously harm your metabolism. A healthy diet should include all types of foods. Variety is a key issue because by sticking to one specific group of food your body will never get all the nutrients it needs for optimal wellbeing. Savor new foods to develop your taste and vary your nutrient intake. Eat only when you are hungry. Take your time to enjoy the taste, texture, and smell of your food while you eat it. Bear in mind that it takes up to 15 minutes for your stomach to send a signal to your brain that you are full.
If you target is losing weight, switch to cheeses marked "low fat" or "fat free" and fat free skim milk rather than avoiding dairy products. Pick lean cuts of meat, fish, and skinless poultry. Serve rice, beans, cereals, pasta, whole grains (e.g., couscous, barley, etc.) without oily sauces or butter. They are rich in fiber which enhances metabolism and makes you feel full. Use a cooking spray instead of oil or butter to cut the amount of fat when you cook. Serve baked potatoes with low-fat cheese dressing or plain yogurt instead of butter or sour cream. Buy low or reduced sodium or no-salt-added foods. Prefer natural fat found in avocados, nuts, soy, and olives, as the fact accompanied by other nutrients.
If you decided to make a commitment to healthy eating and active lifestyle, get yourself organized. Taking notes of what you eat will help you to analyze your diet and make appropriate adjustments.
Allow yourself to eat out occasionally, but make sure you watch your portions. Choose smaller portion sizes, order an appetizer and a leafy green salad with low-fat dressing instead of main course, order one portion and share it with a friend, or get a "doggy bag" and save the rest for another meal. Remember, when you finish eating it's better to still feel slightly hungry than stuffed.
Don't be too hard on yourself. Making mistakes is not a reason to give up. Eat an extra healthy lunch and dinner if you had a high-calorie, high-fat breakfast. Spend more time at the gym to compensate a piece of cake you ate last night at a party.
Changing your lifestyle is never easy. It's normal to fall short of your own expectations once in a while. When that happens, adopt an attitude of success. Consider it a temporary setback only, and get back on track. The more motivated you are, the more likely you are to maintain a healthy lifestyle.