Studies prove nutrition and health are closely related. But there's an ongoing swarm of contradicting healthy diet information. How do you actually know what's good for you? Data seems to change weekly on subjects like eggs and salt - one week they're good, the next they're not.
And what about all the diets that claim to be the best on the market? But then, didn't Anne Hathaway just give up veganism and say she's never felt better?
The truth is, the food and diet industry is a massive market. Even so, there's so much contradictory information because people are trying to sell you something. In reality, it's pretty simple.
Here's exactly how to eat healthily as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Eat Fruits and Veggies With Every Meal for Healthy Diet
Certainly, Fruits and vegetables are full of vital nutrients. The way they react and interact with your body can't be replaced with supplements. At every single meal, eat fruits and veggies. Moreover, vegetables also make a great snack when you're feeling munchy. Keep carrot sticks and hummus or slices of cucumber ready to snack on.
Pay Attention To Your Meat Quality
Whether you eat meat isn't as important as where your meat comes from. Depending on the source, your meat could be raised unethically. It could be full of fillers and antibiotics or riddled with mercury. So make sure you get your meat from local farmers as much as possible.
Make sure your meat comes from ethical sources, and, look for labels like grass-fed, 100% organic, or wild-caught. If you know hunters, consider buying elk or venison from them instead.
Most importantly, try to eat wild caught salmon or other fatty fish at least once a week. Therefore, fish oil is vital for your nutrients.
Avoid Processed Foods
Try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. They're full of fillers, and they're calorie dense while offering very little nutrients - if any. Plus, we don't know exactly how most of these fillers and added chemicals interact with our bodies. Some studies show they can cause cancer, diabetes, and dementia, among other diseases. Until they're proven safe, assume they're not.
Try An Elimination Diet
If you're not feeling well, try an elimination diet. For two weeks cut out dairy, gluten, sugar, or caffeine, one at a time, and see how your body feels. Try replacing these foods and see how you feel. Most importantly, just listen to your body. It knows best.
A Healthy Diet Doesn't Have to Be Confusing
When you switch to a healthy diet, stick to the basics: fruits and vegetables with every dish. A portion of organic, grass-fed, wild-caught or otherwise local meat. Or you can sub your meat out for healthy, protein-rich veggies. Avoid processed foods and added sugars.
And that's it. Pretty simple right?
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- Martin, Rachael. "Anne Hathaway gave up being vegan and felt like a 'computer rebooting'." Body and Soul, 24 April 2019, https://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/celebrity-profiles/anne-hathaway-gave-up-being-vegan-and-felt-like-a-computer-rebooting/news-story/46bac5d0a30823a02fe3c8b4386be9f7
- Robertson, Ruairi, Phd. "13 Benefits of Taking Fis Oil."
healthline, 18 Dec. 2018, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-benefits-of-fish-oil
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