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Is Our Diet Really That Important For A Healthy Body
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"We are what we eat", would you agree? I definitely would agree. What we eat will directly affect how we feel, how we look, and how hard our internals work. If you want to feel good and feel younger, if you want to look good and look younger, you must eat good food.

Eating a balanced diet doesn't have to be expensive. In fact you will find with a little planning it can work out much cheaper than buying fast food or boxed meals from the supermarket. Raw vegetables, lean chicken, brown rice and you can make a meal to feed 4 people for under $10.

I live nearby my supermarkets so I tend to do my grocery shopping at least twice a week, sometimes three times. My reason for this is I know I always have fresh fruit and vegetables. Now this may not be practicable for a lot of people as they may live a lot further from their supplier or simply time is a constraint with the family, but either way try to stick to the good stuff.

List A - a list of some basics that are always on my shopping list at one time or another -

  • Eggs, Eggs, Eggs, Eggs
  • Baked Beans
  • Chicken Breast
  • Lean Pork
  • Lean Beef
  • Tuna
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Reduced fat Milk
  • Brown Rice
  • Wholemeal Breads - Wraps, Muffins
  • Fruit - Tomatoes, Apples, Oranges, Avacados, Grapes
  • Veges - Zucchini, Broccoli, Carrots, Mushrooms, Beetroot, Asparagus, Lettuce, Spring Onions
  • Garlic, Ginger, Chillies
  • Extra Virgin Cold pressed Olive oil
  • Coconut Milk

List B - a short list of items I always avoid, and so should you -

  • Margarine
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Softdrink
  • White breads
  • White Rice
  • Processed Meats
  • Heat & Serve meals

Regular meals made up from items in List A will ensure a healthy diet and keep you on track to feeling and looking younger. Mix it up, be creative. You don't have to stick to the plain old "meat and three vege" on a plate. If you have no idea how to do a stir fry then go out and buy a cook book. There are thousands available. Even easier search the internet and you will find anything you're looking for, for FREE. I initially followed cook books, but now I usually make it up as I go along. My kids would say "dad can you make that chicken dish we had last Friday?", I would struggle to get it the same, but they loved it anyway. Just keep it simple. I love to use Garlic, Ginger, and Chillies.

oh...and drink plenty of water.

Get into the habit of eating regularly. Eating small regular meals will help to boost your metabolism, hence decrease body fat. You will have more energy and feel younger. Have you seen those before and after shots of people after they have lost a lot of weight; they look younger don't they! So eating the right stuff at the right intervals will make you look younger. Now that sounds amazing doesn't it, but it's true.

Imagine peddling a pushbike up a gradual slope. If you keep peddling you will keep ascending the slope. If you stop peddling you will slow down and eventually stop. Think of the pushbike as your metabolism and the peddling as you eating food. The slower you peddle, the slower the pushbike will go = The less often you eat, the slower your metabolism becomes. You body is a very clever system. If you stop eating for days, your metabolism slows right down because your body thinks it is starving, so it tries to conserve energy by not burning off fat.

Start with a big breakfast, a good mid morning snack, a good lunch, an afternoon snack, then dinner. If you are custom to eating sweets after dinner, then do so, but wait for a while and then eat good stuff. Try some peaches, or berries, or other fruit and nuts. Avoid the sugar.

Don't over eat. If you feel full or bloated afterwards, obviously you have eaten too much. You will find a small portion will appease your appetite. If you are hungry an hour later, then have another snack, but eat good stuff. It may be as simple as a can of tuna.

oh...and drink plenty of water.

Regular meals made from items in List B will eventually cause your body harm. The Trans fats in Margarine and high processed oils are big dangers to your body system. Trans fats found in margarine and highly processed oils are basically the worst fats for our body and will greatly increase the risk of heart disease, cancers, and many other health problems. Always check the labels and look out for Trans fats.

Years ago we were told that Butter was bad for us, too much fat. Well I would gladly eat half a pound of butter than a tablespoon of margarine. Saying that, always use butter sparingly. My dad loves his butter and I can remember him saying "what's this rubbish" when mum brought out the margarine. Then he would comment "my father always had butter with his meals and he lived to a ripe old age".

Twenty years ago, heart attacks at 5o years of age was extremely uncommon and it was mostly males who would suffer them. These days more people, male and female are suffering heart attacks and heart disease at 35 years of age and even younger.

Twenty to Forty years ago there were a much larger number of people smoking cigarettes. Smoking was a major cause for the heart attacks. Twenty years ago to now a lot less people are smoking, but heart disease has increased. So what is the cause? Is it the HIGH PROCESSED FOODS and OILS? I believe they have contributed enormously!

Lead us not intoTemptation! If you have found yourself diving for the munchies cupboard late at night (or anytime), then empty the munchies cupboard once and for all. I don't mean eat them all, I mean throw them out. When you go grocery shopping, don't buy the lollies, the chocolates, the crisps, the biscuits. If they are not in the house it is harder for you to be led into Temptation.

Did I mention to drink plenty of Water? Water helps the body to flush toxins.

In summary.........

Eat smaller portions of good food regularly. Avoid high processed foods as in List B above.

Following these eating routines will help you to discover the secrets to looking younger than you really are.


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