Is Your Diet A Healthy Diet?
Most of us are probably not eating the healthy diet we claim we are, even if we have convinced ourselves otherwise. We may love fresh fruits and vegetables and even have some delicious recipes for them but it does not mean that we are eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day. We also need to remember that how we prepare our food is at least as important as what we eat. When we truly understand what encompasses a healthy diet and recognize the common mistakes we make, it becomes easier to get healthy and lose those extra pounds.
So what do we define as healthy eating? That depends on who is being asked. One person might have “only” one or two cans of soda a day and believe that this is healthy when compared to someone who drinks one or more 2-liter bottles of soda a day. The woman who eats a salad every day – so long as it is smothered in fattening salad dressing – may honestly feel that hers is a superior diet. The man who loads up on fat-free cookies may feel that it will help him lose weight or at least not gain weight, all the while forgetting the role that carbohydrates and calories have on his waistline. It is time for us to be honest with ourselves and others by acknowledging that our diets almost certainly have room for improvement. This begins by understanding what truly makes a healthy diet and avoiding the ways we sabotage ourselves.
What entails a healthy diet? We know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables are good for us but we should also know how much we should be eating. Ideally, we should be consuming at least 3-4servings each of fresh fruits and vegetables every single day, although while on the Liquid Amino Diet to maximize weight loss results we do 4 vegetable servings and 2 fruit servings. After the program, we should be looking for ways to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into each meal we have, even adding them into our snacks between meals. This is not that hard to do. It is easy enough to have a piece of fresh fruit with breakfast every day and as a dessert after meals or as a snack. We can also bring some raw vegetables as a snack between meals or added to a salad. Steamed vegetables can be served with dinner. Look for things you and your family enjoy eating, such as baby carrots, seedless grapes or cantaloupe chunks and incorporate them into your meals and snacks. Be sure to try a variety of different fruits and vegetables, perhaps even shopping at some ethnic markets for new produce and ideas.
Beans should also be a regular part of your weekly diet. They can be made into dips, meatless chilies, and to replace red meat in some of your other meals. As always, how we prepare these dishes and the amounts we eat are extremely important. Beans and rice area complete protein. Quinoa is a grain that is a complete protein by itself that can also be cooked with beans for an even higher protein meal. Adding bacon or ham hock to beans, however, will make the meal more fattening and increase its sodium and cholesterol levels.
Whole grains can and should be a regular part of your daily diet after completing phase 1 of the Liquid Amino Diet. This can be in the form of whole grain bread, organic (non-instant, non-flavored) whole oatmeal, whole grain cereals, quinoa, flax seed, brown rice and whole grain crackers. Allow these to substitute out other, less nutritious forms of grain products, such as bleached flour, white bread, “junk” cereals or instant rice and try having them at least 2-3 times a day. Flax seed is extremely nutritious and can be sprinkled on top of salad, yogurt or another whole grain cereal. True whole oatmeal is extremely tasty by itself or sweetened with a pinch of stevia. Whole grain crackers can replace saltines or buttered crackers to go alongside soups or salads. Simply substituting in a healthy whole grain food in place of a less healthy food can go a long way toward losing weight and feeling better.
Soda, including diet soda, simply should not be consumed. Few things determine the probability of a person being obese and/or diabetic than drinking any amount of soda in a day. Water, herbal teas and non-sweetened juices can all replace soda without adding any risk to your diet. Non-fat organic milk can also be consumed in place of soda and it is a good source of vitamins, minerals and calcium.
The key to a healthy diet does not mean we can never eat a less-than-healthy food item. It does mean replacing these things with ideal portions of healthy foods for our everyday diet. The more unhealthy things we remove from our daily lives, the healthier we will become, especially if we substitute our vices for virtues. It will make the difference between being fit or fat, healthy or diabetic. Good habits should be the norm.
The Liquid Amino Diet is a safe, healthy, low glycemic diet plan that promotes rapid weight loss. To learn more call our certified Health Coaches, toll free 1-800-980-7208.