Eat Well: Cook Healthier – 10 Simple Secrets

Eat Well & Live Longer: Cook Healthier – Ten Simple Secrets

Easy ways to make your everyday meals healthier and tastier.


If your eating habits are anything like those of most Americans and you are looking for the simplest advice possible we would tell you to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains and less of just about everything else.

But if you’re ready for just a bit more guidance, here’s 10 simple principles of healthy cooking that will get you started and moving in a healthier direction.

1. Use smart fats.

Not all fat is bad. Opt for unsaturated (e.g., olive oil) over saturated fats such as butter. But still use them in moderation because all fats are loaded with calories.

2. Go unrefined.

Pick whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains like brown rice and bulgur have their bran intact and thus have more fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Most people don’t get enough! Aim for 4 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Pick produce in a variety of colors to get a range of antioxidants and vitamins. A serving size is 1/2 to 1 cup depending on the fruit or vegetable.

4. It’s not all about the meat.

Meat is a great source of protein but it’s also a big source of saturated fat in many people’s diets. So eat small amounts of lean meat, fish and poultry. Fill up the rest of your plate with healthy vegetables and whole grains.

5. Choose low-fat dairy.

Dairy products like milk, sour cream and yogurt are a good source of calcium. Replacing whole-milk dairy products with low-fat or nonfat is an easy way to cut saturated fat in your diet.

6. Keep portions reasonable.

Even though we would all like a magic bullet for weight control, it really boils down to calories. One of the easiest ways to manage calorie intake is by eating healthy portions.

7. Use sweeteners judiciously. * (better yet, don’t use them at all)

Sugars of any kind, whether corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, add significant calories without any nutritive value.

8. Keep an eye on sodium.

Whether you have high blood pressure or not, it’s wise to watch your sodium intake. The USDA’s dietary guidelines for Americans recommend consuming less than 2,300 mg (about 1 teaspoon salt) daily.

9. Go for the flavor.

Enhance food with bold flavors from healthy ingredients like fresh herbs, spices and citrus. When your food has great flavor, there’s no reason to feel deprived.

10. Be mindful and enjoy.

Make conscious food decisions rather than grabbing for what is most convenient. Make sure it is something delicious and savor it. When you enjoy what you eat, you feel satisfied.

________________________________________________________

“We’re changing our client’s lives – Give us an opportunity to change your’s. Join us and start moving in a healthier direction”.

Have a question? Ask a Health & Fitness Professional: info@thefitnessunderground.com

Visit THE FITNESS UNDERGROUND-LOS ANGELES: http://www.thefitnessunderground.com

GET FIT, STAY WELL AND THRIVE IN 2011

A YEAR FROM NOW YOU MAY WISH YOU STARTED TODAY!

The Fitness Underground-Los Angeles c.2011

________________________________________

Visit the Chopra Center’s Online Store: http://store.chopra.com/?apn=AC0908020
(Use this link for Free Shipping on your first order!)

Visit The Fitness Underground’s Online Store At: http://www.thefitnessunderground.com

 

 

About the fitness underground

Los Angeles based Co-Founders of The Fitness Underground, Texas and Markus have drawn off their years of experience as certified personal trainers, an elite yoga instructor, a professional athlete and accomplished mixed martial artist, to create a new and innovative approach to health, fitness and well-being that not only enhances the body, but also enriches the mind. With a loyal following in the Los Angeles area, their powerful message of good health, clean living and the importance of exercise is changing people’s lives and in some cases, saving lives. It’s their strong belief that good health is the greatest gift we are given in life, one that we should always be mindful of, be incredibly grateful for and never take for granted. Life is too short not to listen to their powerful message. Start moving in a healthier direction today.
This entry was posted in EAT WELL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.