When it comes to healthy-living, there is one very important truth to be aware of. So clean eating is a must. You can’t out exercise your fork! Now, given the so-called “diet” foods that line the shelves of your local supermarket, it’s easy to see how one can confuse eating for weight loss with eating for optimal health.
Eating for weight loss may result in the consumption of low calorie foods, yet these choices won’t necessarily keep you healthy. Eating for optimal health, on the other hand, can not only enable safe and permanent weight loss, but offers you a life of well-being.
In an effort to eat the right way, for both weight loss and wellness, there are a few simple tips to follow.
They can mean the difference between a healthy body and waist size, or what will end up as a pattern of yo-yo dieting and possible health issues down the road.
1 – Avoid (or minimize) processed foods and artificial ingredients.
Most of the “diet” foods you see out there are made using chemicals in order to make otherwise sinful foods taste better.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is one of the chemicals most commonly used to enhance the flavor of processed foods, and is said to cause adverse health effects and possible food addictions.
2 – Eat Fresh, Clean and Locally Grown Foods
The easiest way to do this is to shop at your local farmer’s market as often as possible.
These places seek to keep their shelves and baskets filled with produce from small local farms. They may also include meats, dairy and eggs and fresh herbs. Using fresh herbs is a way to enhance flavor of your food naturally while receiving some fantastic health benefits. Once you have given yourself a break from the artificial stuff, you’ll be able to appreciate what the real stuff has to offer.
3 – Avoid Diet Soft Drinks
Most artificial sweeteners have been shown to have adverse effects on health and blood sugar.
If you’re looking to ditch the diet soda habit, but still desire a bubbly treat, consider juicing some fresh oranges, lemons, apples or anything else and add them to a cup of club soda. You’ll be able to enjoy your soft drink without the harmful chemicals that go along with them.
Eat clean and healthy foods and you’ll not only lose the weight, but you’ll experience optimal health and well-being.
* Source – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/02/aspartame-and-msg-on-diabetes.aspx