Tips for Healthy Living (Part 1)

Eat breakfast every day.

People who eat breakfast are less likely to over-eat later in the day. As the name implies, “break fast” from the long hours of night time sleep without food. Hence, it gives you energy to start the day and kickstarts the brain needful of nutrients to enable you think and learn.

Use fats and oils sparingly.

Unsaturated fats from canola, and peanut oils, avocados, nuts and nut butters, olives, and fish provide heart-healthy fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

Choose appropriate food portion sizes.

Portion size is important to weight management. Excessive weight gain results from having more than your fill. Employ a common sense approach, such as using the palm of your hand or your clenched fist for gauging the portion sizes of food.

Understand food claims and labels.

A product labeled with a fat-free claim does not mean that it is low in calories…I learnt that the hard way. Similarly a product labeled as low-sugar or low-carb does not mean it is low in fat or calories. Always read the nutrition label on the packaging.

Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a “Five-a-day” consumption of fruits and vegetables. They are packed with beneficial fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier, plus help stimulate bowel movement and cleansing. They are also low in calories and help to keep your calorie count low.

The above healthy living tips are guaranteed to elevate the quality of life over time if followed through. Always remember Healthy Eating is Happy Living!