- Kat Sarmiento
7 Tips for Healthy Eating 2022 | Lillee Jean Beauty
Choosing to eat healthy is a big decision.
While many of us envy those who always seem to have their "beach bodies" ready in time for Summer, the actual thought of having to diet and give up our favorite foods, for that look, truly is enough to make anyone feel ill.
Going on a strict diet for a few weeks or months is simple. However, can you keep it up for the long run? You can't just start eating healthy one day and expect the holiday weight you put on to magically "melt" away.
Making slight changes to your diet over time is a better way to get fit, and healthy. You'll be more likely to stick with those habits, and, they'll have a bigger impact on your overall health. Losing weight is the outcome, of taking care of your body. Making these changes is much easier when you're doing it for yourself.
Below are seven tips for healthy eating. While our knowledge of health and nutrition is constantly evolving, the basics are well-established. These tips will help you feel better, have more energy, and revitalize sick skin—all while losing weight sustainably.
1. Cravings are not the enemy
Eating healthy is one thing, however, if you're feeling deprived, it can be difficult to stick with your diet, thus, why many diets fail in the long run. A sustainable diet, is, important. One diet does not fit all.
If you are craving something sweet or salty, there's no harm in indulging. The key is to make sure that these cravings are not the norm, and that you're mostly eating healthy foods. It's also important to be mindful of how much you're eating when you do indulge.
Women, in particular, feel cravings during the week leading up to their period. This is because our bodies are preparing for a potential pregnancy, and, they need extra energy from food during this time, as well as more water in order to stay hydrated. To take advantage of this and burn calories while on period instead of storing them, keep healthy snacks on hand to munch on throughout the week.
2. Go for good carbs
High-protein diets have had their time in the sun, but it's now clear that carbs are not the enemy. If keto diets work for you, then that's awesome, but if they don't then you shouldn't feel guilty about eating carbs.
Good carbs include fruits and vegetables. Whole grains include oats and quinoa, beans, and legumes. These foods are full of fiber, so they'll fill you up quickly without causing a blood sugar spike or crash later on.
3. Choose your protein sources wisely
Not all protein is created equal. Try fish, poultry, and lean meat as your main sources of protein. If you can, opt-in for buying organic, or, grass-fed meat. These options are mainly higher in quality, and, contain more nutrients than their counterparts. Vegans can go for soy and other plant-based proteins. Make sure you're purchasing high-quality vegan protein powder that contains all of the amino acids your body needs.
4. Include healthy fats in your diet
Healthy eating is about balance, not deprivation. While some people might think eating fat makes them overweight, it's actually the sugar content, that does this more than anything else.
Good sources of healthy fats include, but are not limited to: nuts, avocado, seeds, olive oil, and fish. These foods can help keep you full, and supply your body with important nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids.
Not only does water cleanse and detoxify your system, but, it also keeps every organ functioning, at its best. If you're not drinking enough water, your diet plans can be harmed.
If you're worried about your carbon footprint then consider getting yourself a reusable BPA-free bottle that's easy for you to carry around and refill all the time. This also helps you measure how much water you're actually drinking each day.
6. Get enough fiber
One of the best things about eating healthy, is, that it incorporates a lot of fiber. Fiber is essential for keeping your digestive system functioning properly. Foods you definitely want to include in your diet to get enough fiber include: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Women younger than 50 should aim for around 25 grams per day; men under 50 should try to reach at least 38 grams per day (Mayo Clinic).
7. Supplement wisely
While it's preferable to get all your nutrients from food, it's not always realistic. That's where supplements come become handy.
Some people swear by taking a multivitamin every day as a way to ensure they're getting all the nutrients their body needs. Others, find adding extra vitamin D, or calcium supplements, give them an added health boost. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new supplement, especially if you're on other medication or have existing health conditions that might be made worse by certain ingredients.
With the right supplementation routine and proper nutrition, you can achieve optimal fitness results, without depriving yourself or risking your wellbeing. Eating healthily is a journey, rather than a destination. It takes time and effort to develop healthy habits, but the benefits are worth it! These seven tips will get you started on the right track.
Written By: Kat Sarmiento
Editor: Lillee Jean Beauty
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