A healthy meal gives you all the nutrients you require to maintain good health and sustain you. It is important for everyone to choose and practice healthy food habits to keep in shape and good health.
Foods that are important in our diet include:
Try to add color and variety to your diet. Make small changes such as adding a salad, or changing your cooking oil.
Unhealthy foods such as refined sugars and fats should be avoided and replaced by healthier foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. You may control portion sizes and if you feel unsatisfied at the end of a meal, add vegetables or fruits. Sugar and salt should be limited in the diet. Try naturally sweet foods. Salty snacks and sugary drinks are poor health choices.
How we eat is also important. Food should be chewed slowly and not be gulped down. It is necessary to try to eat only as much food as your body needs. Try to feel satisfied rather than full at the end of a meal. Frequent small meals which leave us satisfied are more beneficial than the regular three meals a day. Dinner should be early so that there is a significant gap (14-16 hours) before breakfast. Midnight snacks are not healthy.
You can incorporate a healthy diet into your routine without strict dietary limitations or completely avoiding food that you love. There is no harm in indulging yourself occasionally if you balance your diet. A change to a healthy diet should be a slow process and hopefully a permanent one. Finally, including an exercise program can also motivate better eating habits.
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