Learning how to live a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be challenging for some people when starting up new hobbies in their daily routine. Although practicing healthy living along with your daily routine can be challenging, but it’s actually worth living longer and looking good.
Living a healthy lifestyle involves more than eating an occasional salad or going for a short walk once every few weeks, but while you’ll need to put in some effort, your health is well worth it.
To live a healthy lifestyle, you will need to consistently choose healthy foods, fitness exercises, and physical activity into your daily routine, and practice good hygiene.
You’ll also need to avoid unhealthy habits, like fad dieting and neglecting sleep. Making healthy lifestyle improvements may require some gradual adjustment, but improved health is readily accessible once you commit to it.
Today, we’re going to narrow down our discussion on how to live a healthy lifestyle with regards to choosing healthy food and avoiding unhealthy food.
Choosing Healthy Foods
Choose food that contains minimal amounts of unhealthy fats. Unhealthy fats include both trans fats and saturated fats. These fats will raise your LDL cholesterol, and elevated LDL cholesterol often correlates with an increased risk for heart disease.
- Foods that are high in trans fats include foods made with “partially hydrogenated oils,” such as shortening or margarine. Baked goods, fried foods, frozen pizza, and other highly processed foods often contain trans fats.
- Foods that are high in saturated fats include pizza, cheese, red meat, and full-fat dairy products. Coconut oil is also high in saturated fat, but may also increase good cholesterol, so it’s okay to use in moderation.
Eat healthy fats to moderate. Poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated and omega-3 fats are all good lifestyle choices. These good fats lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol, which correlates with decreased risk for heart disease.
- Choose oils such as olive, canola, soy, peanut, sunflower, and corn oil.
- Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Choose fish including salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, and herring. You can also get omega-3s from plant sources, like flaxseed, plant oils, and nuts and seeds, although your body doesn’t process the fats from these as effectively
Eat a variety of different whole foods instead of eating processed foods. Whole foods offer a balance of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other nutrients.
- Eat fruits and vegetables for their high vitamin and mineral content. Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than canned ones that often contain added sugar or salt.
- Choose lean meat, beans, and tofu for their protein content.
- Enjoy whole grains such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and quinoa.
- Eat low-fat dairy products. Skim milk and reduced fat cheeses will reduce your fat intake while ensuring that you receive enough calcium.
- If a price is a factor for you, consider buying only certain foods organic, such as apples, berries, stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, etc.), grapes, celery, bell peppers, greens, potatoes, and lettuce. These foods often have much higher pesticide use than other products when grown conventionally.
Those were some food tips for you with regards to living a healthy lifestyle. Going forward in our subsequence posts, we’ll be discussing other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
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