The close product is to its natural condition, the more use t will bring you. Fresh fruits and berries are very useful, besides they can satisfy you need in something sweet. Vegetables are the best suppliers of vitamins and minerals that increase the body ability to assimilate useful substances. Steam processing of vegetables will keep their nourishing value better.
pasta and bakery products should be made of whole grain. Avoid pastry and cookies. Do you like something baked? Eat apple pie, it will be really useful for you.
Buy lean meal and do not forget about fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are very useful for our health, they reduce the cholesterol level. They are contained in ocean kinds of fish, so eat seafood twice or three times per week, it will help you to protect from stress situations and will easy the depressive state. Remember that fried fish and chicken are healthier food than fried beef.
Eat as much various foods as possible to get all the vitamins and minerals. Drink water, milk and 100% natural juices as the main drinks. Reduce the consumption of sweet non-alcohol drinks. If water seems tasteless to you, add a slice of lemon or lime to make it more aromatic. Water helps in losing weight if you drink it correctly. Complete hydration is very important for the weight loss, because water is needed to take out the body the products of metabolism.
Healthy food for snack lovers
If you are an “emotional eater”, i.e. you eat when you are bored, happy or upset, do not keep chips, ice-cream and sweets in your house. Buy healthy snacks, such as dried fruits, grain, nuts or vegetable bars, which are rich with vitamins and mineral supplements, fresh fruits. When you just need some “treatment” from emotions in form of unhealthy food, buy small chocolate bar of high quality and eat it, but do not buy sweets to store them.
The same tips are useful for those who prefer to eat in front of the TV-set. If you do not want to miss the meal and to watch what is going on in your favourite TV show, then eat low calorie foods. In a state of deep interest you can eat too much. Remember that carrot, tomatoes, cucumbers are great alternative to chips and other similar snacks.
Do not miss meals
If you miss breakfast, you will definitely want to eat something in an hour or two. That is why instead of refusing from breakfast, divide it into several parts, for example: an egg, porridge and fruits. Eat in small portions. When you feel hunger, you can east some almonds or raisins. Such divided breakfast is much more acceptable decision, than coffee-breaks with sweets and biscuits.
Our stomachs are not that big. In average, not stretched stomach may contain about two cups of food, and it is better not stretch it, because you will need more food to fill it, and it will bring more excessive calories.
When you eat at home, serve meals on separate plates. In such a way you will reduce your chances to eat too large portion. In restaurant you may ask food container and take half of your portion with you. Avoid buffets if you are not very disciplined. Buffet is too much tempting event, where you can easily eat 3 or 4 portions plus dessert.
Taming of a sweet-tooth
Try to tame you passion for sweets and avoid sweet snacks. There can be many calories and harmful fats. Instead of sweets eat berries and fruits. If they are not sweet enough for you, add some sugar. Avoid sweet aerated drinks, you would better try cold herbal teas with a slice of lemon or lime, the taste is amazing.
Foods you can not resist
Definitely there are foods you can not resist, in such a case, enjoy your favourite products in small amounts. Any dish that does not belong to “healthy food” you can eat once a month, and the best thing you can do is to find an equivalent to this unhealthy dish among foods that are healthy.
Things do not happen at once
If you can not start leading healthy lifestyle at once, do not despair. Most of people can not. Implement your ideas gradually, step by step. Even a small change in your style of eating in favor of healthy food will be a new step in the right direction. The way in a thousand miles begins with the first step.
Genetically modified food
Also we would like to tell you some words about genetically modified food.
Genetically modified food is the products got from genetically modified organisms (GMO), such as plants, animals or microorganisms. Products got with the help of genetically modified organisms or in composition of which there is at least one component got from the products that contain GMO, may also be considered genetically modified food.
For and against
Before denying or supporting any new innovation, let’s consider that every medal has two sides. So we need to study all the positive and negative sides of the innovation.
Genetically modified organism are able not only grow, but survive in the places where ordinary plants die because of different weather conditions. Many of them are not afraid of frosts, floods or droughts. Some plants have such a strong root system that allows them to keep maximum of moisture. Also there were created fast growing sort of cereals.
And the other side of the medal… Why are many people against GM products?
GM products on our markets
Most of registered genetically modified products belong to soy. Soybean is one of the components of such products as butter, baking fats, mayonnaise and other salad sauces, sausages, cornflakes, pasta products and even baby food if milk is replaced by soy milk.
Also there are many GM modified products that contain corn, for example popcorn. Beautiful shiny big, without any disadvantage tomatoes, pepper, strawberry and other imported vegetables and fruits are likely genetically modified. In the process of ripening vegetables and fruits emit ethylene that makes them wither more quickly. Genetically modified products have such a gene that is resistant to ethylene and keeps vegetables and fruits fresh for a long time.
Almost all genetically modified products on our markets are imported. Unfortunately often there is no sign which are natural and which are not. Meanwhile on the West markets all the genetically modified goods have special marks, and consumers know what they buy.
Now you know more about healthy eating, healthy food and genetically modified products. I hope this essay on food helped you to figure out what food is healthy and what is not, and what food habit you should develop or vise versa quit.