Eating Yourself Healthy: 3 Simple Tips For Nourishing Your Body From the Inside Out

Eating Yourself Healthy: 3 Simple Tips For Nourishing Your Body From the Inside Out

Before you can eat healthily, you need to know what healthy means. Many people believe that having the freshest or most exotic foods will lead to better health, but this isn't true at all – in fact, avoiding food with even the smallest amount of processing can deprive your body of the essential nutrients it needs to function correctly and stay healthy. 

These three tips are critical if you really want to eat yourself healthy.

1) Eat a Rainbow of Colors

Consider your plate a work of art. Fill one piece with whole grains, legumes, nuts, or seeds, and fill the other with lean proteins like poultry, fish, or beans. Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, then divide the remaining half into two portions. 

It may seem like a lot of food but remember that when it comes to nourishing your body from the inside out, it's all about balance and variety! Incorporating as many colors as possible boosts your chance of getting all the nutrients you need for optimum health.

If you're new to eating a balanced diet, try something new for breakfast or lunch daily. If you're having a sandwich for lunch, choose one with chicken and salad instead of meat and cheese. And if your work has its own cafeteria, try ordering a fresh salad with grilled chicken instead of greasy fries. Your taste buds will thank you later!

2) Incorporate Fermented Foods Into Your Diet

Fermented foods can help you avoid food sensitivities and digestive issues. They are easy to add to your diet because they are versatile in dishes and can be made at home. Some fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, yogurt, miso soup, tempeh, and kombucha. 

Eating fermented foods has numerous benefits, including improved gut health, which can lead to weight loss due to better digestion and nutrient absorption. Fermented foods have also been shown to improve our mood by reducing inflammation in the brain so that we feel less anxious or depressed.

Sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir are examples of vegetables that are fermented. Sauerkraut has a tart taste which makes it work well with dishes like lentil soup or in place of pickles on your sandwich. Kimchi is cabbage typically fermented with Asian spices, hot peppers, and ginger. You can add kimchi to soups or eat it like any other vegetable. 

A small serving of kefir in your smoothie adds flavor without changing the color and consistency, so you don't have to worry about altering your drink to get nutritional benefits. Kefir is also high in probiotics, so you can expect better digestion by consuming it regularly.

3) Make Sure You're Getting Enough Protein

A common mistake people make when eating healthily is needing more protein. Protein helps build muscle, so if you're working out, you need more than someone who doesn't. Protein also helps your body maintain a healthy weight and can help prevent or manage diabetes. 

And even if you don't work out, eating protein will help keep your energy levels up throughout the day and keep you feeling fuller longer so you won't overeat.

Eat also Whole Grains for Fiber and Nutrients: If you have a hard time making whole grains part of your diet, try to add more fiber-rich foods. High-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables are essential for good nutrition. They can help you stay full on fewer calories, prevent constipation and even promote weight loss by making you feel fuller longer.

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