Guidelines for Healthier Living
You’ve probably heard of “clean” eating. Well, BRG Fit
is based on those principles … basically “cleaning up”
your diet by eating more of the healthiest foods available while eliminating
the not-so-healthy ones. It means embracing foods like vegetables, fruits,
proteins and healthy fats while cutting back on grains, starches, added
sugars and unhealthy oils. This process is about moving your body closer
to its original “default” settings and cutting back on processed
and refined foods. It is not intended to be another rigid, generic diet.
Benefits include feeling better, improved energy, and healthier skin and
hair. This guide will help you understand what foods are best for you
and which foods you should avoid.
Real, natural foods are better than processed foods with harmful ingredients.
Try to eat fresh or frozen foods that are close to how they originally
grew. Keeping food that is good for you in your kitchen and pantry makes
being healthy easier.
It's Your Body
Our bodies have to last us for the rest of our lives. What we eat and
drink affects us – in either a good or bad way. Choose foods that
benefit your body. Healthy foods can keep the body working well while
preventing sickness and disease.
Healthy eating helps create a positive relationship with you, food, and
your body. Focus on eating better instead of counting calories. Once you
are in the habit of healthy eating, you can relax and enjoy an occasional
treat without worry.
Avoid Added Sugar
Added sugar increases blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and
causes weight gain. Artificial sweeteners have many of the same effects
and can increase sugar cravings. Try using 100% natural stevia or cinnamon
as healthy options.
Know Your Oils
Choosing healthy oils like cold pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil,
or macadamia oil improves heart health. Oils like soybean oil, canola
oil, corn oil, and vegetable oil are processed and increase the risk of
heart disease, so avoid these.
Grains Can Inflame
Many people think grains are healthy, but they really make us hungrier,
spike blood sugar, and cause inflammation in our digestive system, even
when we may not know it. All types of grains – white wheat, whole
or processed – do the same thing to our bodies.
Eat the Yolks
Egg yolks are a great source of healthy fat and contain important vitamins
and minerals. Egg yolks, butter, and other animal-based items like milk,
meat, and cheese provide key nutrients. Only a small amount of the cholesterol
from these foods is absorbed into the bloodstream, so don’t worry
about them raising your cholesterol levels.
Toss the Sack
Foods purchased in a box, bag or sack are usually processed. Processed
foods typically contain trans-fat, processed oils, hidden sugars, sodium,
additives, and preservatives. Avoid high fructose corn syrup, soy, corn
additives, and food with ingredient lists that are long and filled with
words not found in nature.
Don't Get Fooled
Food labels can be confusing. Don’t believe all packages that say
they are “heart healthy,” “low fat,” “lite,”
“all natural,” “fat free,” “low calorie,”
or “sugar-free.” Be sure you can pronounce the ingredients
before you eat a food.
Get A Boost
Eat foods that give you energy, help you stay healthy, and fight diseases.
Some examples are vegetables, wild salmon, greens, strawberries, blueberries,
sweet potatoes, and macadamia nuts.
Sitting can be as unhealthy as smoking. Moving around gives us energy
and makes our muscles and minds strong. Take the stairs, walk farther
or use a standing desk.
You deserve a happy life, so make sure to take care of your mind, body,
and spirit. Getting enough sleep, balancing life and trying to stress
less are keys to staying healthy.
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