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Making small modifications in your eating habits goes a long way in combating lifestyle-induced disorders
A healthy lifestyle begins with eating the right kind of food. A healthy diet helps in weight management and can also improve health and quality of life as you get older to control many diseases. Thus, a healthy diet and lifestyle are your body’s best soldiers that fight cardiovascular diseases and other related problems.
Once you learn which foods are good for you, you need to look at your eating habits. If the foods you eat are not healthy, you might want to work within your habits and current lifestyle conditions, since they are usually tough to change.
Consider these questions, and then read on for tips to help you add healthy foods:
The answers to these will give you a fair idea of the kind of pattern you follow, which in turn affects your lifestyle. Here’s what you can do for a healthy lifestyle.
Start by knowing how many calories you should be consuming and drinking to maintain your weight. Don’t eat more calories than you know you can burn every day. If you feel you have exceeded the number of calories, increase your physical activity to match it. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity. Regular physical activity keeps a check on your weight. It is best to consult a qualified nutritionist to assess your daily needs.
Just eating plenty food is not enough. Ensure that you have nutrient-rich foods, which is low in calories and contains vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutrients. To do this, choose foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and low-fat dairy products. Here are some simple ways to change how you eat:
Tip: Make some substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick three foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you’re at the
This was first published in the January 2010 issue of Complete Wellbeing