Eating Healthy – Let’s Get Started

Eating Healthy – Let’s Get Started

Alright so you have decided to start eating healthy?  That’s wonderful. Except how do you know what really is healthy and what isn’t besides raw fruits, vegetables and salads?  Are you dreading starting eating healthy thinking you are giving up all the flavor in the world? When someone says you need healthy carbohydrates or healthy fats do you even know what that means?  Eating healthy can be daunting if you never have before and you have no idea where to start. Just grabbing a healthy cookbook at the store to help with some new healthy dishes can be overwhelming when you see you have none of the ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator.  Take a deep breath and relax, with a little help you may realize some dishes you are already cooking are healthy.  

Let’s talk about healthy foods.  When you are going to start eating healthy you know the basics that you need, protein, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats.  For someone who doesn’t know what foods fall into these categories let’s break it down. 

Healthy proteins can include lean beef meaning steak or pork.  Chicken breasts, lamb, or turkey. Other options are eggs, fish such as salmon, tuna and shrimp.  And don’t forget about beans, black beans and chickpeas are wonderful sources of healthy proteins.  Fish have a ton of omega three fatty acids which are extremely healthy for you preventing heart disease.

Healthy Carbohydrates.  Now I know some of you are thinking, I thought carbohydrates are bad and we should eliminate them completely.  Carbohydrates give your body fuel, they energize you, cutting them out completely can cause you to feel exhausted.  So fuel your body with healthy carbohydrates, which include brown or white rice. Your rice does not have to be whole grain or super fancy and expensive, plain brown or white is just as healthy.  Legumes and lentils are also a good source of healthy carbs. Quinoa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams are also all good choices. Pasta and whole grain bread can be very good sources of healthy carbohydrates as well.  Pasta you can always go for a whole grain source, or even a chickpea pasta if you want to take away the gluten aspect of pasta. The thing with carbohydrates is it is easy to overeat these. So make sure you do still stick with some portion control.  Too much of a good thing isn’t always good.  

Healthy fats sound funny.  When you think of fats do you go straight to thinking of a giant fast food burger and fries? How can that be healthy?  Well it isn’t. But there are some foods that have healthy fats that help fuel your body, keep your body temperature regulated, help cell growth and your organs to function properly, not only that but also help your body absorb nutrients.  These foods include avocados, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, olive oil, almond butter, and peanu