Healthy Diet Tips Guest Post

Healthy Diet tips seem to come in all forms, shapes and sizes.  It also depends on your ‘healthy diet’ as you can eat a diet of vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, locto-ovo vegetarian, paleo, etc and they all have different guidelines for you to follow.  To me it is about choosing the diet that fits your lifestyle that will allow you to live the most active lifestyle that you can.  When I was contacted by Healthline.com I had one requirement:  the post had to focus on choosing the right food to compliment your health.

Choosing the foods you eat very carefully can complement your health in different ways. The right choices can ensure you get the most out of your workout. Dietary choices can even extend your life. Many people do not realize just how much of an impact the foods they eat have on their overall health. It is not unheard of for someone who looks in shape to have a heart attack or stroke because they suffered from high cholesterol. It doesn’t matter what you look like. You still need to choose healthy foods so that you can live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

Consider the Vegetarian Diet

Studies continue to show that people who choose to go vegetarian or vegan are much healthier than those who eat what is called a “traditional Western diet.” When you choose a vegetarian meal over red meats or processed foods, you do not just avoid high fat and cholesterol. You also gain the added benefit of the variety of vitamins and antioxidants that most vegetables are filled with. Antioxidants continue to prove themselves vital for a healthy life. Vegetables and fruits you need to incorporate in your diet include:

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    Blueberries

  • Cranberries
  • Red Beans
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apples (Granny Smith, Gala, and Red Delicious)
  • Black Beans
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Plums

Choosing to become a vegetarian means you get to enjoy the health benefits that come with these foods. People who eat a vegetarian diet will have a lower chance of stroke and heart disease.

Eating the Right Foods Post Workout

Working out and exercising is a must for a healthy, longer life. The foods you choose to eat before and after your workout will have an impact on how productive that exercise actually is. To promote better exercise routines, be sure to incorporate the following tips:

  • Protein is a must. When you break down your muscles during a workout session, you need protein to build them back up. However, avoid protein from red meats and other sources of cholesterol. Instead, choose healthful sources like soy and fish.
  • You need carbohydrates. While normally, carbs are not considered very healthy, they are needed to provide your body with fuel before, during, and after a workout session. Choose healthy carbs, like quinoa, brown rice, fruits, and oatmeal. Do not get carbs from sugar laden foods, like white bread.

A Few Foods You Need to Extend Your Life

There are certain foods you should consider musts in your healthy diet because they prove time and again that they can extend your life. By adding these foods to your own dietary plan, you can enjoy a variety of health benefits. These foods include the following:

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    Wine – when consumed in moderation, red wine is very heart healthy. You should drink no more than a glass or two a day however.

  • Watermelon – filled with lycopene, watermelon can help to stave off both cancer and heart disease.
  • Cranberries – studies on cranberries show that they are actually able to extend your life span. They offer the additional benefit of helping your urinary tract stay healthy.
  • Fish – certain fish, like mackerel and tuna, are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids will keep your heart healthy and can lower your risk of certain cancers.
  • Flaxseed – if you do not like fish, then you can get omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed or flaxseed oil.

The choices you make in your food will have a direct impact on your health and your life span. By choosing a healthy diet, you can dramatically increase your well-being. Consider the option to become a vegetarian. Even if you only eat vegetarian a few times a week, you can enjoy the benefits of vitamin rich foods.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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  1. Jen says:

    My tips are from the perspective of eating to lose or maintain weight loss.

    From my own 100 pound weight loss journey, I learned that you have to eat! I was a calorie restricter and while you have to watch calories in and out, many dieters make the mistake of not eating enough and thus slowing their metabolisms down. I’m pretty sure I did this for years.

    Also not all calories are created equal. 50 calories of avocado, nuts or quinoa is going to mean something entirely different to your body than 50 calories of sugar or potato chips. I try to make my calories count for something nutritionally.

    Watch fats but don’t be fat-phobic. I got sucked right into the whole “fat-free” craze for years and my weight didn’t budge. When I added (portion-controlled) healthy fats like avocado, flax seed oil, nuts – I felt more satisfied and the weight started moving.
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    • CTER says:

      The whole fat-free thing drives me crazy. Why remove the fat that is in a product and replace it with sugar so that it tastes good?

      People get lost and caught up in those phrases and it drives me mad. For example, mayo. I don’t eat it but it is nothing more than eggs and oil. Not have fat in them so when you see fat-free mayo your immediate response should be they replaced the fat with something else to make it taste good.

      • Jen says:

        I was super guilty. FOR YEARS and YEARS. And I believed I was doing the right thing. I believed I was being healthy. Fat free mayo, butter, cheese, ice-cream, pudding, chips — you name it. It was how I lived, sacrificing taste and (probably health) because marketing and others told me that’s what you needed to do to lose weight and I bought totally in to it. It took years but I finally learned that lesson.
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        • CTER says:

          It is all about education as you and I have discussed in the past. The more we educate the more people understand that fat free isn’t always the best choice.

          If you want fat free though may I suggest eating a strawberry?

          Eating healthy may be a chore when you get started but once you do you will never look back, you will feel incredible and you will then educate others.

          Did you read Jeff Irvin’s blog about his weight that he posted recently?

          He phrases it as my diet as an endurance athlete but if you read what he eats that is not much different than what everybody (endurance athlete or not) should be eating.

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  2. Jeff Irvin says:

    My tip: Drink a lot of water!

    Oh yeah, the fat free “labels” drives me crazy too. What Jen is describing in her comment is what I did for years as well. If that cookie is fat free what is in place of the fat?

    The best thing to do is just stay away from the aisles at the grocery store that have boxes and bags so you do not even have to think about all the marketing-driven labels.

    And you the other benefit is that you won’t be slowed down walking behind the fattie riding a motorized scooter down the candy aisle (-:
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  3. My diet tip is dividing 3 main meals into 9 mini meals a day. My stomach is always full and never be starving. The nutrients of each meal should be controlled into Healthy Diet way as well.
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