Making sure that you’re getting proper nutrition every day can be a daunting task. There are a lot of suggestions out there on how you can get better nutrition. Here are a few suggestions that will hopefully help you get better nutrition and make you a healthier you.
Ideal fitness starts with ideal nutrition. Understand the major nutrition groups: fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Protein helps you build muscle, carbohydrates give you energy for working out, and fats – in moderation – are necessary for injury repair. About a third of your daily calories should come from protein, about half from carbohydrates, and the rest from unsaturated fats.
Eat nuts as a snack everyday. These healthy little gems are packed full of good fats and plant sterols that can lower your cholesterol. They are low in fat and an easy item to eat on the go. Serving sizes for these snacks can be easily measured by handfuls.
One tip when thinking about nutrition is nutrient density. How rich in nutrients is the food you’re eating – not by weight, but by calorie? You would be surprised to learn, for example, that when measured by CALORIES, a vegetable like broccoli is surprisingly high in protein – comparable, calorie for calorie, to the amount of protein found in red meats. But of course you can eat far more broccoli for the same amount of calories, which also provides fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.
To stay away from sodas and other sugary drinks, you need to find an alternative. It is natural to have cravings for something sweet: why not try fruit juice? Or better yet, mix fruit juice and water. Buy some oranges and squeeze them yourself. You can do the same with a lot of fruits, and combine different kind of juices for flavor.
Clean out your fridge, freezer and cabinets. Toss the “bad” foods and replace with health alternatives. Keep fresh fruit and veggies on hand for snacking. Put a note on the refrigerator that says “no junk allowed” if you must. If you have kids, have a special place for any of their snacks that might tempt you.
To ensure that one has the best nutrition, careful thought must be given to one’s diet. By eating more healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fish, one will have more positive nutrients in their diet. The proper diet is not beyond the reach of anyone if they have put the thought into it.
Summer time is a wonderful time to enjoy all the fresh fruits the season has to offer. Because it is easy to get bored with eating the same thing every day, you need to learn how to mix things up. Next time you buy grapes, try putting a serving size in the freezer. Then you will have a healthy frozen treat to enjoy.
Knowing what you need to do and having tools to get you there can make all of the difference when it comes to nutrition and health. Apply these suggestions as often as you can to make sure you are eating right, eating smart and being as healthy as you can possibly be.