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Having a healthy diet is great way to start a healthy lifestyle. Not only can a healthy diet help with weight management, it will also improve our overall health and quality of life as we age.
Here are some simple idea’s to improve your diet
Foods to put on your shopping List
Vegetables and fruits should be the main items on your grocery list. They're rich in vitamins; minerals, fibre and antioxidants, and they are mostly low in calories. Choose a combination of green, orange, red, and yellow fruits and vegetables.
Try to purchase bread, pasta and cereal products that are made from whole grains, not from over refined flours. These whole grain foods will give your body important minerals, vitamins, and they are also good source of fiber, which is mostly lacking in modern diets. Read labels and find products with 100-percent whole grain or 100-percent whole wheat so you can be sure you are getting only whole grain products.
Your meat and protein foods should consist mainly of poultry, fresh fish, and lean meats. Eggs, seeds, nuts, and legumes are also great choices. Stay away from crumbed, deep-fried foods or oily coated foods that you put in the oven. These are mostly high in fat and sodium and are defiantly not healthy.
Keep your drinks simple. Water, low-fat milk, juices and herbal teas are all good healthy choices. If you choose soft drinks, try to get sugar-free juices and soft drinks.
Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to mean drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure. Making small changes in how you live each day can lead to big rewards, so figure out what you can do for your self to be healthy today.
Gardening for health.
Do you enjoy eating fresh veggies and herbs? Then maybe start your own small garden it doesn’t have to involve digging up the lawn or making huge garden beds that you don’t have time to look after.
Start small ,buy a couple of potted herbs you enjoy and put them into a larger pot with good soil and place them on the kitchen
window sill so you have them available every time you cook your favorite meals.
You could also make a small wicking garden like these on your patio or porch or anywhere else that gets some sunlight. Involve the family maybe you husband or wife or children can help you .