It’s a New Year, and you’ve made up your mind, you’re ready to take control and make some changes in your life.
Making a commitment to create healthier eating habits can be tough. Where do you start? What foods should you eat, and which ones should you stay away from? These are all questions you should answer before going out to the grocery store.
As you rethink your shopping strategies and try to polish up that list, remember, we need nutrients to survive. We need vitamins, minerals and calories every day. There are two types of nutrients. Micronutrients are our vitamins and minerals, and macronutrients are where our calories come from. The three types of macronutrients are fat, carbohydrates and proteins.
Many people think that all fats are bad and recently started thinking all carbohydrates are bad too. That leaves us with just protein. If this were the case, our diets wouldn't be very enjoyable. Fortunately, not all fats are bad and the same goes for carbohydrates.
With all the negative publicity recently, you might be afraid to eat any carbohydrates. Good Carbohydrates are a fuel source. Don't deprive yourself of it. Carbohydrates that you should stay away from are simple sugars that are found in candy, sodas and many snacks. Good carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and legumes will keep you energized throughout the day and help you avoid the sugar highs that can accompany bad carbs.
Fats are also particularly important. Without fat, our body wouldn't be able to utilize some of the vitamins we consume. That being said, all fats are not created equal. Trans Fats and hydrogenated oils should never be consumed; however, studies show benefit from high quality saturated fats such as those found in organic grass fed, grass finished beef, and don’t forget Unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats, which are found in things like Avocados, avocado oils, salmon and nuts can also be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.
So, remember as you strive to create your new habits, instead of focusing on the calorie, focus on the quality of the nutrients of what you consume, give your body the goodness it needs to thrive, and it will thank you!
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