Eat healthy to feel good
Eating healthy is not just good practice for our health. It is an attitude, a responsible attitude to be assumed towards one’s body. You start by varying your diet at each meal, listening to the signals emitted by the brain before eating and above all not being constantly obsessed with what the dish contains.
- Eating healthy also means paying attention to cooking and storing food to take advantage of all the nutrients and not risk indigestion.
- Eating healthy, as well as respecting the demands of your body, finally means knowing how to choose products whose environmental impact is as sustainable as possible.
What is certainly not a symptom of a balanced diet are attitudes of renunciation or deprivation such as: skipping breakfast or another meal, never consuming a certain food, going on an intermittent diet or at worst taking drugs to lose weight . All these actions are the antithesis of healthy eating and should be pursued in some way! (Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating).
Why can’t I eat healthy?
How many times have we heard from friends and relatives that theirs is a healthy diet? Is there anyone who has ever said the opposite?Everyone has their own beliefs and tastes but, without wanting to generalize too much, there are simple precautions and dishes that should never be missing from your diet.
Before revealing the list of ingredients that should never be missing in a balanced diet, we would like to deepen this crucial aspect and give you some tips to understand how to read food labels. Thus, you will be able to make more informed choices next time you shop.
How do you read food labels?
- Reading product labels is a real mystery to many of us. But after these simple tips, the labels of cans, jars and other food packaging will have no more secrets for you.
- The first suggestion is obviously to look at the expiration date and the indications for conservation. Next, we move on to the content of calories, proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Additives such as dyes, preservatives, antioxidants and emulsifiers are the ones that often scare the most because they are hidden behind indecipherable acronyms. Here too the precautions to be followed are minimal. Preservatives, for example, are indicated with codes from E200 to E297 and are often essential for the integrity of the product.
Our suggestion is to check that there are no excesses. Antioxidants and acidifying agents (abbreviations E300 – E385) are not harmful but also here pay attention to the quantity. The presence of emulsifiers and thickeners should instead make us suspicious as their role is to replace basic ingredients and in extreme cases they can cause allergies.
There’s more? Yes, glutamates and sweeteners or flavor enhancers, acronyms from E620 – E640; widely used but not always essential, as they affect the taste of food.The general indication is simple: try to prefer products with few additives (therefore few E on the label) and dyes, aiming for fresh foods and whose food chain is as transparent and traceable as possible.
What are healthy foods?
We have finally come to the long-awaited list of healthy foods that should never be missing from your wellness diet. There are thirteen of them and each of them brings different benefits to your body. We have collected them in this infographic:
- Oil seeds
- Aromatic herbs and spices
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Green tea