Eating a balanced diet means paying attention to what you eat, how much is considered a portion and the amount of calories consumed with the foods you eat regularly. Below are some ways to make sure you are working to maintain a healthy diet.
- Portion Control Is Important
It is important to know what the calorie count is in a portion you plan to consume. For small packages with multiple servings, the amount you eat could mean you are consuming triple what they say is in one serving. That is not healthy or contributing to productive healthy eating efforts. Instead, make sure to eat lots of foods that aren’t high in caloric content. When eating out, opt for an appetizer or plan to split a meal with someone else.
- Eat More Whole Grains
Whole wheat, barley and oats are important to include in a healthy and balanced diet. These grains are better for you. There is a Whole Grain Council that stamps appropriate products, so one way to make sure you are getting the amount of whole grains you need is to look for this stamp.
- Trans Fats Aren’t Good Fats
Trans fats are found in processed foods because they utilize partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. This raises the bad cholesterol, or LDL, in the human blood and increases the risk of heart disease as a result. For those who already have high levels of LDL, dropping the trans fats can be a big help to your heart.
- Consume More Fish
Fish is one of many foods that are found to be low in calories and also satisfying, so you can curb your appetite and potential cravings when it is not a mealtime. Other foods that are helpful in this way are avocados and nuts, while vegetable oils provide the same effect.
- Make Your Diet About Variety
While we know a lot about what we need to eat to stay healthy, we don’t know everything. However, eating a wide variety of foods can go a long way toward helping ensure you get the right nutrients in the right form to maintain your health.
- Include Greens and Other Produce
Vegetables and fruit are important to the regular diet. When you consume these, make sure to include the various colors as well. It is important to include 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily.
- Cholesterol is Not a Big Concern
Previously, doctors recommended skipping the bacon and eggs because of their high cholesterol. However, current studies show that saturated fats, rather than foods high in animal cholesterol, are to blame for the high levels of blood cholesterol in humans. Eat the eggs and bacon, but skip the animal fat at dinner time.
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