Put whole foods front and center.
Healthy whole foods: you might know that you’re supposed to eat them, but do you really know what they are?
What’s the difference between whole foods and processed foods?
We live in a society that eats so much processed and manufactured food, that maybe there is a genuine confusion about what qualifies as a whole food. Even for the health conscious, the phrase, “Whole Foods” might be organic or locally grown, or pesticide-free. But they aren’t necessarily. When you eat whole foods, you are supposed to be getting the food in its natural state.
So what is so good about healthy whole foods? For one, they’re loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain phytochemicals, the general name for natural compounds in plants. While thousands of individual phytochemicals have been identified, countless more remain unknown. They help in different ways. Some are antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. Examples of antioxidant phytochemicals are flavonoids, carotenoids, and lycopene.
Basically, it’s the healthy whole food, rather than the bits that remain after refinement and processing. It’s the difference between an apple and apple juice , or a baked potato and mashed potatoes.
Eating healthy whole foods also has all sorts of healthy benefits. Their nutrients may help to keep your immune system strong and protect you from disease.These are the types of foods that make up a balanced diet which help prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains is the surest way to consume a wide variety of important nutrients your body needs.
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Remember…..It’s always easier (and more enjoyable!) when we try something new with a buddy. Enlist the support of a friend or family member and help each other to make healthier choices. Swap recipes, try out new restaurants together, or send each other home with leftovers from healthy dinners. Having a “health coach” can also help you to feel supported in your decision to eat healthier and stay on track.
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