A Healthy Body Is A Happy Body

Keeping yourself healthy means putting the right nutrients into your body. Here are some tips that can help you incorporate healthier foods into your daily diet. Don’t feel like you have to make a complete change overnight. You’ll find many ideas to improve your health while enjoying the food you eat.

Thiamin is an important part of a healthy diet. Thiamin works in the body to help you use energy from carbohydrates effectively. It also helps to regulate your appetite. Muscle function, heart and nervous system are all assisted by this vitamin. Thiamin is found in many foods in small amounts, but you won’t find it in refined foods.

Fish contain omega 3, which is essential for nutrition. Omega 3 fatty acids are an important part of the diet. If you are vegetarian or simply do not enjoy fish, flax seed contains a very good amount of these important nutrients. Adding a bowl or two of oatmeal and flax cereal or replacing a meal or two per week with fish can boost the amount of Omega 3 in your diet.IMG_2564

People think that because they have no carbs that they are helping their body out. This is not true, your body needs carbs in order to function properly. While you should be aware of how many carbs you are consuming a day, don’t eliminate them all together. You want a balance in your body, and carbs is a part of that balance.

Use extra virgin olive oil in your cooking. Unlike hydrogenated oils that can clog arteries, extra virgin olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats that can protect you from heart disease. It can reduce the level of bad cholesterol and raise the level of good cholesterol. It also plays a role in the prevention of colon cancer.

Make meals enjoyable and fun to help persuade your picky or nervous eater to try a healthier diet. If your child is wary of certain foods, try cutting them into fun shapes or serve them with a favorite sauce or dip. Bright, colorful foods may also be more appealing to your child.

When you have a chocolate craving, opt for dark chocolate. The flavonoids contained in dark chocolate have been shown to help reduce blood pressure. These antioxidants also improve cholesterol levels increasing the good and decreasing the bad. Just be sure to choose chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa to maximize the benefits. While it may be exciting to learn that dark chocolate has health benefits, that doesn’t give one free reign to go overboard with this food that is high in calories.

To replace the junky snacks you might have previously brought into the house, stock up on a variety of easy-to-eat fruits that you can grab when dinner is a ways off and you or your family are hungry. Great examples would be berries, grapes, apples cut into chunks and kept in acidulated water, and small or baby bananas. Keeping the fruit in clear containers in the fridge, or on the counter, will increase its “curb appeal.”

A good nutritional tip is to be consistent with the timing of when you serve your child meals. Ideally, you’ll want to serve them meals around the same time everyday. It’s also a good idea to limit fruit drinks and soda to only meals because they can easily fill up on them.

Even if you can’t apply all of these tips into your lifestyle at once, make small changes. Do what you can, then take bigger steps when you’re ready. It will take time to fully adapt to a healthier lifestyle, but you’ll be rewarded when you start feeling better and looking younger. You’ll see that you get to enjoy delicious foods too!

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Catherine Pane

Catherine Pane

Catherine enjoys pilates, yoga and walking in the park at lunchtime. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and bird watching. She's considered a successful business woman, environmentalist, and an active member of the Central Ohio National Organization for Women (NOW).
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