Health Eating Wisdom is here to empower you with the knowledge you need to attain optimal health and live longer. We provide accurate advice you can implement into your daily life without difficulty. Founded by a Leukaemia survivor and long time healthy eating advocate, we understand that good health is the foundation of everything else in life, so we are careful to only include suggestions and healthy eating guidelines which you will gain maximum benefit from, thereby allowing you to achieve supreme health and well-being without delay or wasted effort. The benefits of healthy eating habits are more far-reaching than most of us realise, so we aim to ensure that our readers are fully familiarised with exactly how they can benefit from eating healthily, and from losing weight.
Managing your weight is a key component of good health. The danger of body fat has become more apparent recently, with a number of independent studies showing a strong correlation between excess body fat and health risks. Apart from the obvious hazards of heart disease and high blood pressure, there is growing evidence that body fat can also play a role in the onset of other conditions, ranging from gallstones to more serious perils like atherosclerosis, liver damage, and stroke. Body fat also acts as a store for cancer causing chemicals known as carcinogens. Obese men are therefore at a higher risk of developing cancer of the prostate or colon, with breast cancer being the main threat for women. Achieving healthy body fat levels is vital for your longevity and can have a major impact on the quality of life you enjoy; weight loss is about far more than aesthetics! Our holistic approach to body fat reduction incorporates diet, nutrition, and proper training practices, enabling you to set realistic weight loss goals.
Here’s a few simple healthy eating tips you can implement immediately.
Avoid Processed Foods
Generally speaking, this is probably the most important healthy eating tip we can provide. The number one mistake people make these days regarding eating healthily is excessive consumption of processed foods. How did this come to be?
We have to bear in mind that the primary concern for all food companies is to maximise their profits. Though many of them attempt to convey an appearance of caring for the health of their customers, in reality their only goal is to make money, and the appearance of ‘caring’ is only maintained for the purpose of boosting sales to an increasingly health-conscious consumer base.
Processing their food products allows them to increase the profitability of these products, in a number of different ways, but that’s something we won’t go into here.
Processing foods has the effect of removing nutritional value or adding harmful elements, and in many cases both. The amount of damage eating processed foods does to the human body cannot be underestimated, and when you add into the equation the deprivation of nutrition caused by displacing ‘real’ food with its processed counterpart you have a true recipe for health disaster!
How much processed food should you eat? Well, the best answer is: none!
If your response to reading that is “What?!! You must be out of your mind! I can’t do that!!”, then please, fear not. Completely avoiding processed foods in this day and age is a bit of a challenge. If you can manage to cut processed foods out of your diet completely then great, you’ll benefit tremendously. But if you can’t achieve that extreme the next best thing is to cut your consumption to an absolute minimum. Your individual level will be set by your willpower and circumstances.
How do you measure how processed a particular food is? Simply think of food as it occurs in nature. If Isaac Newton had decided to eat the apple that fell on his head he would have been eating 100% natural food.
Contrast this with a candy bar which required highly unnatural industrial processes and the inclusion of various additives and preservatives before it made it’s way to your belly. The apple comes from a tree, the candy bar comes from a factory.
This leads us neatly on…
Eat More Plant Foods
This is certainly the second most important healthy eating tip we can impart.
By eating more plant foods you will add years to your life. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts andthe grains are the most nutrient dense foods there are. And not only that, but they are virtually void of anything that could be of harm to your body.
While it is true that animal foods (meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs) contain important nutritional benefits, they also typically contain substances which have a detrimental effect on your body in the long run. Eating more plant foods and less animal foods is a sure way to keep your body disease free and as healthy as can be.
The debate about whether or not it is necessary to include animal foods in your diet is something which we are sure will carry on for many years to come, and we’re not here to put an end to it! Nor do we want to get involved for that matter! All we’re saying is that maximising your plant food consumption and minimising your animal food consumption is best for health, no one’s about to dispute that!
General guidelines provided by most governmental authorities these days suggest eating five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Please keep in mind that’s just the minimum though, the more the better!
What are the best plant foods? Well, the most important thing to understand is that when it comes to fruits and vegetables specifically they all provide significant nutritional benefits, so you can’t really go wrong!
Chances are you’ve already been made aware that certain fruits and vegetables like pomegranates, blueberries, and broccoli have particularly special properties, and are thus known as “super foods”. But you might not be aware of just how powerful oranges are. The simple act of eating one or two oranges (medium to large in size) per day can go a long way towards preventing cancer. Including a cup of green tea whenever you eat a meal will also provide a similar benefit, decaffeinated being just as good as natural in this regard.
Eat a Varied Diet
Our bodies need a wide array of nutrients to stay healthy. The best way to ensure you get all the nutrients you need is to eat as broad a range of plant and animal foods as you can every day, a significant majority of this being plant foods of course.
You want to ensure you are getting the maximum nutritional benefit from all the food you eat. This can be achieved by eating food in the form which is closest to how it occurs in nature. As mentioned previously, much of the food which makes its way to us these days is in some way unlike what it would have been for most of our ancestral past. Food companies have so much to gain by processing food that it tends to be easy for them to look past the moral implications of doing so.
Always try to eat unprocessed, natural food to be certain you are getting the true nutritional benefits associated with the food. This means buying organic produce whenever possible, and always preferring food which is sold loose rather than in packaging.
A great way to ensure that you’re getting all of the various nutrients you need from the plant foods you’re eating is to eat fruits and vegetables of a broad range of colours. The more colours there are in the fruits and vegetables you eat, and the brighter colours are, the better.
Including a multi-vitamin from reputable manufacturer in your daily diet is a good idea. But it’s important to always bear in mind that supplements are not a substitute for nutrition derived from real food.
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