It seems like there is a new health trend every other week. That doesn’t mean that a lot of these practices are not good for you, it just means that these diets and ways of eating might not be good for all humans. Some people need to eliminate gluten from their diets due to allergies, athletes need incredibly high protein intake, some bodies do not react to animal products well therefore they eat vegan or raw. Whatever the case may be, there are still a number of healthy eating habits that are evergreen. Bookmark these:
- Drink at least 2.2-3 liters of water per day. This advice from your parents when you were in grade school is still very real. Drink 8 glasses of 8.0 ounces of water per day. Hydration is the key to healthy digestive, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Dehydration can lead to so many issues including these note-worthy: fatigue, muscle cramps, sugar cravings, headaches, and irritated skin.
- Eat colorfully. Make sure you vary your diet with different ingredients daily. It’s important to give our bodies a variety of foods–all of the foods we eat offer different vitamins, minerals and nutritional value. So if you’ve been solely focusing on kale for the past 5 months–it’s time to add in more color!
- Don’t discount the value of protein. Whether you are paleo, vegan or raw–we need to keep an important focus on protein intake. It’s recommended to have 0.36 grams of protein per 1 pound of body weight. Protein helps sustain our energy and serves as the building blocks for bone, muscle, cartilage, skin and blood. To keep the saturated fat and cholesterol at bay, we recommend: well sourced fish, skinless chicken or turkey breast, bison, nuts (almond, peanut, cashew, walnut) and legumes.
- Eat mindfully. You have probably heard this over one hundred times, and still don’t understand what the hell it means. Eating mindfully means eating consciously and slowly, not shoving food in your mouth without recognizing the flavors of what you’re eating. Why does this help? It stops you from overeating. It sends a signal to your brain of what is actually being put in your body, and gives you time to understand it–reducing the chance of you eating more than you need.
- EXERCISE PORTION CONTROL. We can’t stress this enough. Another ode to the popular phrase: too much of anything is no good. Our society has developed into one that craves abundance, in everything. This has without-a-doubt translated to restaurant menus and the food we put on the table. It’s important to understand portion control and incorporate that in every meal we eat. It’s also a good idea to eat a heavier lunch than dinner; lunch should leave you energized (not bogged down) and dinner should leave you satisfied (not stuffed). Here’s a chart for reference:
Do you have any other evergreen health tips you want to share? Dish in the comments below!