The Key to Staying With Healthy Diet Plans

By Spring Estep

Over and over, we’re inundated with healthy diet lectures, from doctors, in magazine articles, nutritionists, diet coaches and the personal trainers. It reaches the point where you hope to never hear another word about a healthy diet plan, whether it makes sense or not. With so much unrelenting outside pressure, this good and well intentioned info begins to fall on psychologically deafened ears – too much information!

For the most part, healthy diet plans need not be grueling. Often it is just a matter of applying common sense.

However, we all know that, should we choose to ignore the facts, chances are good that we’ll pay for it down the road in poor health. The fact remains, we all know how to construct a personal healthy diet plan all on our own. You just need to know how to go about it.

Everyone has personal taste preferences. One of the problems with recipe books and the so-called healthy diet plans is that you may not like half of the ingredients called for in the recipes. This makes it hard to stick with the program.

One way to circumvent this problem is to start with the food pyramid. While you know that orange, red and yellow fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants necessary to good health, there are only a couple you truly enjoy.

If you hate sweet potatoes, but like apricots and yellow squash, look for recipes that include these and forget the sweet potatoes. Consult charts which list fruits and veggies high in fiber and choose those you like and will actually eat. A healthy diet plan is one which you embrace!

Every successful healthy diet means that you make every effort to cut back on sugar, salt, fats and refined processed foods. As possible, buy natural meats which contain no hormones or antibiotics. Fresh and frozen fruits and veggies are better than a canned product.

When you do eat meat, choose lean meats, poultry and fish. Eat smaller portions of meat and larger portions of fruits and veggies.

The old style American dinner plate  of the 1950s consisted of a big chunk of meat, a few tablespoons of veggies and a large baked potato, smothered in butter. No one today would try to argue that this style of eating healthy. Since we know better now, it’s time to come to the party of your own accord. You’ll avoid many health problems and live longer.

Simple carbs, such as white bread, quickly convert to sugar, raising your chances of gaining weight and risking diabetes, by exhausting your body’s ability to process insulin.

Instead of white rice, try brown or wild rice, or a mixture if a sudden switch is too much to bear. Go for whole grain breads and complex carbohydrates, which convert more slowly and don’t produce those sugar spikes.

When planning the dairy content of your customized healthy diet plan, make a gradual shift to low fat milk, sour cream and cheeses. If you normally drink whole milk, try a half and half mix of whole and 2%, until you adjust to the taste of the 2% milk. It won’t take long before you don’t even notice the difference.

Whole milk will eventually taste far too rich. If you haven’t tried soy milk, buy a quart and see what you think. Soy milk is packed with amino acids and is a much healthier choice than cow’s milk. Yogurt is another good choice in a healthy diet plan.

The real key to staying with healthy diet plans, is that you choose healthy foods you actually like!

Category: Healthy Diet

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