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Healthy Eating For A Long, Fulfilling Life

Aug 18, 2007
If you want to be a healthy person and live a long, fulfilling life, then healthy eating should certainly be a concern. Usually people just start thinking about it when they get older and their metabolism starts to slow down. But whether you've hit that point yet or not, you should not hesitate to figure out exactly what your body needs.

Instead of focusing on eliminating things from a poor diet, focus on adding healthy things to make it a healthy diet. There are many foods that are inherently healthy, and if you just try to eat a few of them with every meal, you'll be on the right track. Fruits and vegetables are important, and you could practically be munching on them all day and still not eat enough. Whole grains and foods with plenty of nutrients are important, too. The USDA food pyramid is a good start to see if you are eating a proper variety of foods.

Once you add extremely healthy things to your diet, the unhealthy things might not seem so bad. It's alright to eat junk food every once in a while, because your body quite frankly needs the sugar as much as it does any other thing. If you have a certain vice, such as drinking excessive amounts of soda, then you should work to reduce your intake in order to let things reach a healthy balance.

You need to figure out how many calories your body needs to get by on a daily basis. Some people burn calories at a monster rate, and that makes it very hard to gain weight. Other people burn calories at a low rate. These are the people that gain weight very easily. You need to figure out if you are one of these people, or in between. Give yourself a specific calorie number, like 1500 or 4000 or 2500. Then aim for that every day. It may require cutting back, or you may even need to eat an extra snack before bedtime.

This may seem slightly confusing, especially if you are new to healthy eating. Perhaps the best way to get started is to analyze your diet very closely for a week. Write down everything that you eat, and compare it to suggested intakes and nutrient amounts. When you do that, certain deficiencies will become shockingly clear, and you'll have a better idea of what you can do to improve your diet. It can be hard to get rid of your poor dietary habits and get used to eating foods that you don't enjoy that much. But it is definitely worth it in the end. Good luck.
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