Healthy eating can be a challenge, especially with all the mixed messages from the media and society in general. Do you know, my grade school nurse in Canada actually told us that pizza was healthy because it contained all the food groups! And...what`s worse, she said that potato chips were good for our teeth because they were salty! How ridiculous. Western culture has really lost it`s sense of what is healthy eating....or did we ever know?
Well, here`s a healthy eating guide that is simple to follow and effective. We live this way and feel the benefits of it and hope you do too.
1. Drink plenty of water (lukewarm or cool but not cold) and
green tea. 2. Avoid eating out regularly. Eat food that you have prepared by our own hands is best. Try these simple and delicious
Japanese Food Recipes. 3. Eat fresh food away from expiry dates. 4. Chew food well and take a rest between bites. 5. Eat foods that are in season in order to keep your body balanced. 6. Good food for the body are: vegetables, beans, and sesame seeds 7. Go to bed early and wake up early. A good rest is essential to keep your body balanced. 8. Eat lots of fresh food but limit fast food & processed food 9. Limit the amount of egg and dairy products 10. Avoid sugar as much as possible. 11. Fish is better than meat 12. Don`t over or take too many nutritional supplements 13. Keep in mind the environment, the seasons, and the origins of your food choices. 14. Eat like a king/queen for breakfast, a prince/princess for lunch and a pauper for dinner. 15. Eating a healthy breakfast is essential.
The effects of healthy eating are endless - more energy, a sense of well-being, clearer thinking, brighter skin...the list goes on. The above healthy eating guide is common thinking in Japan. Japan is suffering from fast food invasion but we are committed to keeping the goodness alive!
So let`s break down the basics: Balance in important. Foods that are too sweet, too salty, too spicy and drinks that are too cold will stress your body and pull it out of balance. When you are out of balance, cravings start, tiredness sets in and a whole host of other effects come into play. When your body is strong and you are balanced, a little stress is ok. A cup of coffee or a small bowl of ice cream may be fine. However, when a person makes a habit of poor eating and lifestyle choices, the body becomes weak and imbalanced.
The above healthy eating guidelines work to keep your body in balance. Water is important to keep your cells well hydrated; fresh foods that you cook yourself will always be more vitalized than restaurant food; a good night`s sleep keeps your body balanced; fast food and processed foods are full of preservatives, chemicals, sugar and empty calories; a light dinner gives your digestive system time to rest over night.
Try these guidelines for a week or so and see how you feel. Don`t worry about calorie counting. Just keep the basics in mind. A
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Eating Healthy Guide
An inspiring and funny lecture and a great healthy eating lesson. Mark Bittman, a New York Times food writer talks about what`s wrong with the way we eat - too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking and how it`s putting us and the planet at risk.