They say you are what you eat. To be honest, never a truer word has been spoken. If you look around, it become quite obvious rather quickly who eats right and who does not. There is no scientific equation to eating right. Eating right truly is not difficult, however, it does take focus and awareness. After some brief self-analysis, it generally becomes quite clear what habits need to be changed to ensure you are eating right now and in the long run.
When looking to change current eating habits, it is important to remember that diets are trendy and most of them truly do not work. The best and most effective way to eat right and maintain a healthy weight is to make a lifestyle change. Start with eating a variety of foods as there is no single food that can supply all of the nutrients that the body needs. To ensure that your body is getting all of the nutrients and substances that it needs, choose the recommended number of daily servings from each of the five major food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans.
Obviously if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, you will drop the meat and milk options from the recommended number of daily servings. Contrary to what some may have heard or believe, it is possible to get the ample protein the body needs with a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians just need to pay special attention to make sure they are getting enough iron, zinc and B vitamins in their daily meals, while vegans will find plant-based alternatives to incorporate the necessary B12 vitamin, calcium and vitamin D into their daily intake. Some will argue that vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is the only way to a healthier lifestyle, however, this decision has to be a natural process and not something one is forced into. Even if a person doesn’t want to become a fully fledged vegetarian or vegan, there are many ways to incorporate the best aspects of this lifestyle into daily meals. Some examples include eating more vegetables, cutting out meat once or twice a week and switching from dairy cow milk to almond milk.
Other factors contributing to eating right and maintaining a healthy weight include exercising regularly. It is recommended to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day, seven days a week. Take a brisk walk, join a yoga class, go swimming, play soccer – all of these activities burn fat and calories, and without a doubt, you will feel better as soon as you get up and moving.
Decreasing calorie intake is also key when you are looking to eat right. Eat foods that are low in calories but high in nutrients. It is also important to eat less higher fat foods, consume less sugar and fewer sweets, this includes sugary drinks and soft drinks. Choose to eat healthy foods low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.
Last, but certainly not least, as it is so very important, remember to drink water. It is recommended to drink eight 8oz glasses of water on a daily basis. Water does a body good, and keeps us all hydrated inside and out. Drinking water also flushed out toxins, promotes weigh loss, boosts energy and the immune system and is a natural headache reliever.
It’s true: we are what we eat. However, it’s not too late to change poor eating habits into healthier ones. Eating right encompasses an overall lifestyle revamp, and our detox and wellness center located in the tropical paradise of Phuket is the perfect place to begin. If you are interested in learning more about healthy eating habits, detox and wellness or a vegan diet, simply fill out the enquiry form below. A dedicated staff member from Santosa Detox and Wellness Center will respond in due course. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to Santosa!
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