You Are What You Eat: What You Need To Know About Nutrition
Some people are positive that nutrition is a niche topic and thus, they seek out professional nutritionists for their information. This can be a waste. You don’t have to go this route. Nutrition information is everywhere, including in this article via some great tips. Check it out and learn about nutrition.
Increase dietary fiber intake. Foods high in dietary fiber are packed with beta carotene, low in fat, and very filling. Studies have shown that a diet high in fiber reduces the risk of constipation, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and colon and rectal cancer. Try to eat 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily, choosing whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Also remember to drink plenty of water, or the fiber can slow down bowel function.
If you are going to eat food with high calorie or sugar content, try to eat it early in the day when your metabolic rate is moving at a faster pace. You are more likely to end up with excess calories that get stored as fat if you eat such foods later in the day when your metabolism is slower.
When you are serving your plate try to make sure that half of the plate is taken up by fruits and/or vegetables. The best vegetables to eat in abundance are those that are red, orange, and dark green. This is because they contain more nutrients than those of other colors.
Avoid using hydrogenated oils for cooking, and watch out for them in packaged foods. These oils provide no nourishment for your skin or your body. In fact, they actually interfere with “good” oils (olive oil, sunflower oil, flax seed oil, fish oil) ability to nourish your skin, hair, nails and entire body!
A key to nutrition that isn’t very intuitive is to never skip meals. Skipping one meal can make you feel more hungry than you are at the next meal and lead to over eating, ultimately meaning more calories than you would have eaten in the first place! Instead, focus on eating regular meals of smaller portions.
Never shop when you are hungry. Often, shopping when hungry prompts people to choose less healthier foods to bring home which inevitably leads to a less nutritionally sound diet. You will find that you have more nutritious food around in your house if you do all of your grocery shopping after eating rather than before.
Separate your plate into portions. By using the plate method to separate the specific parts of your diet you will be more able to identify how many food groups you are including. Split half of your plate into vegetables or salad, a quarter of lean protein and a final quarter of starches. This balance of foods can help you reach your nutritional or dietary goals.
As you can probably deduce from having read the article and the tips within, it doesn’t take a schooled professional to figure out nutrition. If you can focus on the tips you’ve read here and practice healthy eating, you should have no problem receiving all the nutrition you need to remain strong, vibrant and healthy.