If you want some advice about making healthy food choices, you have come to the right place, but you might have to dust off your cookbook, in order to take my advice. Like many other natural health experts, I believe that it is the convenience foods that are making us fat and destroying our health.
I think that it is also companies that promote their diet pills, which could more accurately be called caffeine pills. If you are like most people, you get enough caffeine as it is.
Fast foods have not done much for our health, either. Leading sedentary lifestyles is another reason that obesity is on the rise and more people are overweight than ever before.
Of course, it is possible to be overweight or even obese, while eating foods that are good for you. You have to be wary of some of the so-called health foods, such as granola bars, because they often contain large amounts of sugar, which can pack on the calories and cause detrimental changes in hormonal levels.
In other words, while what you eat is very important, how much and when you eat is also important. The foods that you eat together are another factor. But, let us look, for a moment, at the psychology of making healthy food choices.
Your brain has a lot to do with what and how much you eat. If the food does not look appealing, your brain will not turn on its hunger switches. By the same token, if it looks good and is something that you have enjoyed eating before, your mouth will start to water. You can use this to your advantage.
By looking at how gourmet foods are prepared. You will see that the portion sizes are generally smaller than what you find in an average American restaurant. The plate is usually packed with healthy food choices. The sauces are flavorful and the colors are appealing.
Even though the portion size on a gourmet plate seems small, it is loaded with variety. A combination of “tastes” is included on the plate. So that your bodies desire for salty, sour, sweet, bitter and spicy are all satisfied. All it may take is the inclusion of a small piece of fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth and allow you to skip desert.
So, what is the easiest way to make healthy food choices? I call it substitution. Instead of eating red meat, pork or fried chicken, eat baked or grilled salmon, seafood and lean chicken. Instead of cooking with corn, peanut or sunflower oil, use olive or canola. Instead of eating corn flakes for breakfast, eat oatmeal. Instead of buying potato chips or even the healthier “sun” chips, keep fresh carrots, celery sticks and pickles for snacking.
People are different, as you probably know. Because of that, two people following exactly the same diet may see different results. So, you will need to learn to gear your healthy food choices towards your own personal preferences and your bodies metabolism. But, remember, as a general rule, extremely low calorie diets do not work.