No matter how old, or how young, you are, it is important to consider healthy nutrition for a long and happy life. If you have children, teaching them healthy eating habits when they are young is a good way to help them be healthier as they get older.
Healthy eating is about more than picking the right foods to eat, it’s also about controlling the amount you eat, paying attention to when you eat, and making better choices when you’re hungry and on the go. Portions are important, and help you be healthier. Being aware of when and what you are eating ensures that you enjoy your food, and that you are working off the calories you eat, not sleep on them.
Consider Your Body
Your body says a lot about the way you should eat. Not in the sense that if you are smaller you should eat more, but in the sense that if you listen to your body you will know when you are in need of something, whether it’s certain nutrients or a glass of water.
You also need to consider your health. Just like pregnant mothers need certain vitamins and nutrients, people with certain illnesses need certain foods to help them heal.
Get Your Vitamins
When you’re trying to eat healthy you want to get all the vitamins and nutrients that are recommended for your age group. One of the best ways to ensure you are getting all of the vitamins you need is to simply eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
However, if you feel you aren’t getting enough, it’s definitely a good idea to add a supplement to your diet plan. This is especially convenient for people that can’t have certain foods, or for some reason can’t spend time outside (which is the best way to get your daily dose of vitamin D).
One thing that can help you understand healthier eating habits is the USDA’s MyPlate. Use their recommendations as a guide to how much of each food group you should be eating each day. They even break down recommendation by sex and age.
Obviously these are just recommendations. You can have some fun with your meals, and if you miss some nutrients one day it’s not going to hurt you. It’s when you never get them that there will be a problem.
Make Better Snack Choices
Don’t just focus on your regular meals when it comes to eating healthy. You also need to make sure you watch what you are snacking on. Instead of junk food, it’s better to snack on things like fruits and vegetables.
If you want something a different than what ends up in your everyday meals, try snacking on things like air popped popcorn or nuts. Both have great benefits, just follow correct portion sizes.