If you ask most people what you should eat in order to lose weight or stay healthy, chances are they’ll give you a list of foods to avoid. In fact, almost every diet or program you will read about is simply a list of things not to eat; carbs, fats, sodium, bread, red meat, processed foods, and sugars are all commonly listed as the primary causes of obesity.
Yet if you made decisions about what to eat based on a list of forbidden foods, the only biological phenomena you’ll probably experience is elevated stress levels. Instead, take a long look at the following list of healthy foods and attempt to integrate them into your diet. While there are certainly some foods that should not make their way into a healthy diet, eating well is also about making proactive decisions with your nutrition.
The various benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids are well known by now. They’re excellent for your skin, brain, and heart. They even seem to be incredibly adept at helping you lose weight. Yet what most people do not know is that two particular forms of Omega 3’s, EPA and DHA, are most responsible for these effects.
These Omega-3’s are most commonly found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel. Try to buy the wild type, as the farmed kind tend to be far higher in Omega-6’s than Omega-3’s. Eating such fish three to five times a week can help you in a wide variety of ways.
Yet another fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acids is Flax Seed. This incredible seed also has the distinction of being extremely high in fiber and protein, making it great for your muscles and digestive system as well.
The ground up variety can be sprinkled on cereal and yogurt, or the oil form can be taken as a dietary supplement. It is perhaps best and most cost effective to purchase the ground up kind in bulk and attempt to integrate it into various foods you are already eating.
By now the word is out; nuts and seeds are very, very good for you. Not only are they astronomically high in protein and fiber, but they also make for ideal snacks. Of these, there are few (if any) varieties better than Almonds. Almonds are full of amino acids and antioxidants, and have actually been proven to improve cholesterol levels. Don’t be fooled by their comparatively high fat content.
Most of this is the healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated varieties. Eat half a cup of day for a filling snack, as this is an incredibly healthy addition to any diet.
The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may not be pure fable, as it turns out. Apples are high in a particular flavonoid that has been proven to reduce the risk of allergic reactions, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, heart attacks, and various types of cancers. Look for the dark-red varieties, as they contain the highest levels of said flavonoid and various antioxidants.