7th April is World Health Day – an annual celebration of the founding day of the World Health Organization.
What better time to recommit to the resolutions you no doubt made at the beginning of the year? Each one of us can take part in improving the overall health of the world – by starting with yourself, your family, and your community.
Back to Basics
Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Banting, Paleo – these amazing “new” approaches to eating seem to popup frequently. It may seem that eating is just a fad. However, basic nutritional principles are the best way to keep you on the right track.
1. Eat Clean
By eating foods that are not processed, you allow your body to function more efficiently. It may not always be possible to get fresh fruit and vegetabless and other unprocessed foods wherever you go, but your body always responds best when you consume foods that are not altered through processing. When you add fats, salt, sugar, preservatives and additives to your food, your body struggles with digestion.
2. Eat Lean
Regular intake of good quality, lean protein allows you to build muscle more easily. Strong muscles burn calories even when you are sleeping. Having a strong body protects you from injury, falls, etc. Eat lean cuts of red meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy, soya beans and various other legumes.
3. Eat Mean
Fats have been unfairly labelled as “bad”. Good fats – such as those found in fish, nuts, flaxseed oil and olive oil – are vital to various processes within the body. These include the production of hormones, immune support, joint and organ protection and burning body fat.
4. Eat Keen
Realistically, you are never going to eat based on nutrition only all the time. However, if you aim to eat well at least 80% of the time, you will enjoy long-term benefits.
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