There is an old saying – you are what you eat. The wisdom of these words have stayed through time and perhaps is more relevant today than ever before. With advances in technology, out lifestyles have changed much and not all for the better, especially when it comes to our health.
As machines reduce human effort, we tend to shift to a more sedentary life plagued by various diseases like diabetes, hypertension, kidney, liver and heart disease. What makes it sad is the fact that these diseases can be avoided or kept a bay if we eat right and lead a fairly active life.
On an average, the human body required 2000 Calories of energy to function on a normal day. Any excess calories we intake will be converted in fat by the body. As a person gains weight, the heart has to work harder to supply blood to the organs. Eating healthy is therefore the first requirement to prevent heart disease. What foods are good for us and which aren’t? Here is a complete list.
- Low on carbohydrates, fat and sugars: It is recommended that you avoid high fatty foods and sugars as they contain a huge amount of calories. Remember that every calorie that you do not burn converts to fat and is stored away. Eat foods in small portions and if required take frequent small meals to keep your metabolism up.
- Avoid spicy and oily foods: Oils are not easy to digest and spices make your stomach lining irritated. Morever, oils increase cholesterol which block the arteries leading to heart disease. The more lardy and greasy the food is, the worse it is for your cholesterol and heart.
- Avoid red meats: Red meat like pork and mutton up your risk for heart disease and cholesterol and should not be had in a regular basis. White meat like chicken and meat are a heathier alternative when cooked in low oil or grilled.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients and fiber that help the body to absorb fats better. It is best to consume fruits and vegetables as salads instead of as juice since the fiber content remains intact in the former. Salads give you a filled feeling that helps to curb your hunger.
As you switch to a healthier foods, you would surely feel the difference and your cravings for unhealthy foods would go down.