Food & Drink

Making Healthy Food and Beverage Choices

Eating healthier foods and drinking healthier beverages is essential for building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The advantages of a healthy lifestyle are numerous; we will not only feel great and look great, you will also help prevent obesity, heart diseases, and many other illnesses, as they are all related to our daily food and beverage intake.

Therefore, making healthy food and beverage choices, mainly having a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients will greatly improve our overall health (physical, emotional and mental condition). A healthy diet combined with exercise will help you lose weight, lower your sugar and cholesterol levels, be more active, have more energy and a good disposition; thus, leading to a daily improvement in the way your whole body functions.

People need different calorie intakes according to their age, sex and activity level. For example, our fruit and vegetable intakes depend on our individual calorie needs. To get an idea, we should limit our daily calorie needs to an average of 2,000 calories per day, but as we have mentioned above, this calorie intake mostly depends on each person. In consequence, you need to make the right food and beverage choices to make sure your body is not deprived of any nutrients.

Start improving your daily food and beverage choices today, one healthy choice at a time. You should choose only wholesome foods that are rich in nutrients. If you cannot choose only wholesome foods, than try to include them as much as you can in your daily diet. For example: instead of eating croissants, white bread or white rolls, pastries, biscuits, doughnuts, cereals that contain sugar, potato chips, white pasta, white rice, try to eat the following: whole grain breads and rolls, preferably low-fat, whole grain bagels, English muffins, whole grain cereals, oatmeal, nuts, almonds mixed with dry fruits (but be sure they do not contain any added sugar) or fresh fruits, pretzels made of whole wheat flour, popcorn that has no flavors or butter, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice.

Be careful with the amount of fat, sugar and salt in your daily food and beverage intake! Eating too many foods or consuming too many drinks that contain sugar, salt or fat will not only add unnecessary calories, but will also increase the risk factor for heart diseases, certain types of cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and many other diseases. Try substituting drinks that are sweetened with sugar, fruit juices, energy drinks, flavored or sweetened milk and ice tea with water, which is the best in keeping you hydrated and in helping you have an overall good condition. Water is very important for the whole body, as it is a conductor, leading important nutrients to the organs and carrying toxins out of our body. Reduced fat or non-fat milk, natural homemade juices and unsweetened tea are also a good choice of healthy substituents.

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