How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle by Eating the Right Foods

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle by Eating the Right Foods

If you want to be healthy and fit, you must exercise regularly and follow a strict diet. Of these, many people would find regular exercise easier to do. For one thing, you don’t have to exercise everyday to get fit. Second, 30 minutes to 1 hour is all the time you need for exercise.

But diet is a different story. The word “diet” connotes images of people suffering; of bland, tasteless food or perhaps rail- thin supermodels munching on carrot sticks.

In truth the word “diet” is a misnomer. A diet is not only designed to lose weight. There are diets to put on weight and for maintaining weight.  If properly planned, a diet isn’t a four- letter word.

The Road to a Healthy Lifestyle Does Not Start in Your Stomach

Can you imagine what would happen if you put diesel in your gasoline- powered car? You will spend thousands of dollars flushing out all the diesel fuel from your car and by then, there would be other damages as well.

What you eat affects everything you do. You have to make smarter choices when it comes to healthy eating. If you consistently eat junk foods or those that are heavily processed with refined sugars, high- fructose corn syrup, excessive amounts of sodium and artificial ingredients, your body and health will pay for it.

The ingredients used for food processing have been linked to obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Unmitigated consumption of these items will lead to deteriorating health and unending medical bills.

So why do people eat these types of foods if it can make them seriously ill?

It’s because many have been influenced or “programmed” by Big Business that food has to taste good to make you feel good. Food undergoes processing to improve taste, extend shelf life and lower cost. Of course, Big Business will not tell you the important disclaimer about processed food.

It can kill you.

The road to a healthier lifestyle does not start in your stomach. It starts in your mind.

Unlearn all the ideas Big Business has driven into your consciousness. Let go of your unsubstantiated beliefs that healthy food is bland and tasteless. Instead of validating your choice with price, why not try to value your own health?

If you want to eat healthy, you must open your mind to all the possibilities and fully embrace its benefits.

Best Sources of Healthy Food

If you shouldn’t eat processed foods what should you eat?

Your best sources of healthy food are those that are un-processed or produced using farm- friendly methods. This means fruits and vegetables should not have been exposed to chemicals and pesticides. Meat should not have been injected with hormones or fed whole grains.

In order to function well, you should have the right balance of macronutrients. These macronutrients or macros; carbohydrates, protein and fat all play distinct functions in the human body:

  • Carbohydrates – Immediate source of energy; converted into glycogen and stored into muscle tissue. Also essential to fast track recovery after exercise.
  • Protein – Made of amino acids which comprise muscle tissue, bones, ligaments and skin. Protein initiates repair and rebuilding of muscle tissue damaged during exercise.
  • Fat – Protects cells; spares protein from getting used up. Healthy fat such as Omega- 3’s is good to ensure heart health.

There are many great sources to get your daily requirement of macronutrients. In addition to macros, these sources are also rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy compounds that fight cancer, strengthen the immune system and regulate blood sugar.

Here is a grocery list of the best sources of food:

  1. Carbohydrates:
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Fruits of Various Colors
  1. Protein:
  • Grass Fed Beef
  • Organic Poultry
  • Lean Porkloin
  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Soybean
  • Greek Yogurt
  1. Fat:
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Flaxseed

The Best Way to Prepare… and Enjoy Healthy Food

One of the biggest myths in eating healthy is that food doesn’t taste good. It’s easy to make healthy food taste good by following these simple tips:

  1. Don’t Store Meats for a Long Time. Cook protein sources such as beef and chicken on the day you bought them. Or if you want to marinate them, 24 hours from date of purchase. Remember raw food creates the ideal conditions for contamination. It will continue to deteriorate even when it is in the refrigerator.
  1. Flavor Your Food Well. One of the best ways to prepare food is braising. The first step is to set up your flavor base which is made up of vegetables such as carrots, celery and onions. Vegetables have natural sugars which help flavor your food. Next use healthier options such as low sodium soy sauce, mustard or sesame oil for another layer of flavor.
  1. Best Ways to Cook Your Food. Aside from braising, baking, grilling are other healthier options to prepare your food because it decreases the fat content.

Finally spread out your meals throughout the day. Try to eat 5 meals broken down as 3 large meals and 2 snacks. Eating frequently increases metabolism and keeps you from going hungry.

Eating healthy does not have to be a challenge. When you are assured of your health, you live a better life. Now that is real comfort food!

iWatch Apps that fit in with your healthy lifestyle

iWatch Apps that fit in with your healthy lifestyle

iWatch Apps that fit in with your healthy lifestyle

Long gone are the days when you would only wear a watch to tell the time or as a statement of fashion. In this day and age, if your time piece cannot forecast the weather or monitor your pulse, you won’t be considered one of the cool kids. The apple iWatch 2 is the newer version of its same named predecessor but this version comes a new operating system and subsequently an influx of new and innovative apps, some of these apps aid you in sleeping, some keep you entertained whilst travelling and some of course are cutting edge in fitness technology. Some are good, some not much. Let’s take a look at a few.

LoseIt:

Lose it, like Sleep++ is one of those apps that should be perfect for the Apple watch as it can use features just not designed for the mobile device. Abundant in useful features the app counts calories, counts steps and even reminds you to log your food in conjunction with an app on your phone. That in itself is one of its biggest advantages, how easy it can integrate with other apps such as myFitness and RunKeeper so you can really get a grasp of your body performance and nutrition. It’s hard to find any flaws with it as it does exactly what it advertises without over complicating things. There could be an argument that it could add a few more features being one of the fitness leaders but that’s just being picky.

Clear:

Let’s go back to basics where the Watch really is very useful. Clear, quite simply is a To-Do list app, but although the functionality required is simple, it does what is intends to do very well, arguably better than all of it’s competitors on the app store. One of it’s biggest pros is its aesthetic, beautiful colours popping off that high resolution screen make the user just that bit more motivated to be able to tick off their task. Not only can you view, what is left on your itinerary, you can add tasks, set reminders and say when a task is completed. Again for some people, this might be a bit too simple, but for most, this is guaranteed to be perfect for the job at hand.

Sleep++:

This is the type of app that people predicted would be most likely to succeed on the Apple Watch. When the user keeps the watch on at night the app will monitor how ‘well’ he or she slept. In the morning the app will report back to you how deep or light your sleep was and how many times you were restless or awoke. Of course there is problems that come with this, does the user really want to keep a fairly chunky wrist piece on when they go to sleep? And if so they will most likely need to put the device on charge as soon as they awake as the app can be pretty battery intensive. If the user is ok with these conditions then they can get some informative feedback about their sleep, however if they are truly serious about statistics about how well they drop off, maybe a specific sleep band such as the Jawbone UP3 is a better option.

ProCamera:

It’s still quite a cool sight to see the small crisp screen of a watch as a viewfinder for your phone. We’ve all been in that position where we have wanted to take a picture of something but maybe in a more discreet way, now you can just look at your wrist whilst you get that crazy angle selfie. This app is so useful because it offers so many more features than the standard Apple version such as low light mode, ease of video and timer settings too. However $2.99 probably is a bit steep for just an improved version of the original, and how useful is it really when you already have the viewfinder of your phone to take photos? That depends on how awkward those selfie angles are going to be.

Instagram:

You may have heard of this little app called Instagram but unlike other social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, Instagram really excels on the small screen. Although it does have limited features compared to it’s computer and mobile counterparts, for example you cannot take or upload pictures via the watch, what you can do is see a condensed version of your followed feed. A lot of the mainstream apps simply do not translate to the Apple Watch, but Instagram has found a way accentuating the basics such as viewing photos, liking them and viewing the data that goes with the photo. What’s more is if you come across a feature not compatible with the watch, with one swipe you can access it on your phone, simple!

So, that is an overview of some of the more notorious apps in a sea of never ending competitors. It is fair to say that there was quite an underwhelming response to the first Apple Watch, but it seems that developers are finally seeing what works and what doesn’t when translated to the smaller screen and that is promising. As with most things, it all comes down to the user, some prefer minimalism with the app doing just as it is needed, whereas some people prefer an app to be extremely functional, with the majority of apps being free, it’s worth it for a user to spend some time trying and testing apps to understand themselves, what they prefer.