Tips for Healthy Diet

Are you confused by all the conflicting nutrition advice there? In today’s article I will be providing you with simple tips on how to plan, enjoy and stick to a healthy diet.

Now let’s talk about healthy diet

Consuming a healthy diet is all about having more energy, improving your health, boosting your mood, and feeling great. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you; you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite.

The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have shown to be beneficial for the body, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important.All of us require a balanced diet, diet with a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body.

Rather than eliminating certain categories of food from your diet, select the healthiest options from each category.Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and start opting for fresh foods whenever possible. Here are some simple tips to be followed to lead a healthy life :-

  1. Make the right choices– When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy food alternatives. 
  2. Cook more of your meals by yourself -Cooking more meals at home will help you monitor the quality of food you will cook.You will take more healthy food,you will eat fewer calories and avoid the chemical additives, added sugar, and unhealthy fats of packaged food.
  3. Drink plenty of water- Water flushes out waste products and toxins from our system, so don’t keep yourself dehydrated.
  4. Focus on how you feel after eating- When you observe how your body reacts to food you eat, you will foster new healthy eating habits. The healthier food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.
Drink Plenty of water for healthy diet

Moderation is the key

What is moderation?  It means eating only as much food as your body needs. You should feel satisfied at the end of a meal, not stuffed. Proper moderation and monitoring will help you to have balanced diet.


Portion Control

Serving sizes have increased these days, while eating out order smaller quantity rather than a larger quantity. By serving your meals on smaller plates or in bowls (at home), you can trick your brain into thinking it’s a larger portion.


Take your time to adapt Healthy diet

It’s important to slow down and think about food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or on the way to pick up the kids. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.


Try not to ban certain foods completely

When you ban certain foods, it’s natural you will want those foods more, and then you tend to consume them. Start by reducing portion sizes of unhealthy foods and not eating them as often. As you reduce your intake of unhealthy foods, you may find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.  With balanced diet, one can stay healthy and stay fit.

I hope these tips will be helpful for you, a journey of thousand miles start with a single step!

Author:

Dt Garima Kapoor
Dt. Garima Kapoor, Dietitian