Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Eating Healthy....

I was reading an article on how to eat healthy. I have this problem. I want to eat healthy, but I never knew how to do so without giving up on my favourite desserts (well, some of them at least). Here is how. I have managed to compile the list below based on our own diet. I want to eat healthy - especially with my family having a long history of diabetes and high blood pressure. So here goes:-

Eat Enough Calories But Not Too Many

Maintain a balance between your calorie intake and calorie expenditure—that is, don't eat more food than your body uses. The average recommended daily allowance is 2,000 calories, but this depends on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity.

Eat A Wide Variety Of Foods

Healthy eating is an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying foods—especially vegetables, whole grains, or fruits—that you don't normally eat.

Keep Portions Moderate

Especially, high-calorie foods. In recent years serving sizes have ballooned, particularly in restaurants. Choose a starter instead of an entrĂ©e, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.

Eat Plenty Of Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, And Legumes

Foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, low in fat, and free of cholesterol. Try to get fresh, local produce.

Drink More Water

Our bodies are about 75% water. It is a vital part of a healthy diet. Water helps flush our systems, especially the kidneys and bladder, of waste products and toxins. A majority of Malaysians go through life dehydrated – and to make matters worse, we don’t even know it. So please drink plenty of water.

Limit Sugary Foods, Salt, & Refined-Grain Products

Sugar is added to a vast array of foods. In a year, just one daily 12-ounce can of soda (160 calories) can increase your weight by 16 pounds. See suggestions below for limiting salt and substituting whole grains for refined grains.

Don’t Be The Food Police

You can enjoy your favorite sweets and fried foods in moderation, as long as they are an occasional part of your overall healthy diet. Food is a great source of pleasure, and pleasure is good for the heart – even if those French fries aren’t! I know of some friends who avoid ‘sin’ food at all cost. Well, that is not the way to do it. It is fine to have them once in a while.

Get Moving

A healthy diet improves your energy and feelings of well-being while reducing your risk of many diseases. Adding regular physical activity and exercise will make any healthy eating plan work even better. Yup, hence, the re-launching of the tennis sessions (for me at least) and the futsal sessions (next week onwards). Yes, Xavier, I know, I will come for the tennis sessions from now on.

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