If you want to be healthier and feel better on a daily basis than you probably already know that dieting is not the way to go. If you want to look and feel better in the long term, you need to do more than some diet fad. By changing your eating habits you can make real changes for the better. It is a lifestyle change and it is totally worth it.
Studies prove time and time again when your meals are high in fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods you lose weight and feel better. Whole foods are just that, whole. They come to you in their original parts, just as they were created in nature. Most often whole foods are fresh and if you want to truly be conscientious of the foods you eat they should be organic. Whole foods include things like; fruits, vegetables, whole grains (like rice, oats, whole wheat, etc.), beans, seeds, and nuts. To truly follow a whole foods lifestyle animal flesh should be kept to a minimum. If you do decide to include meats into your meals it is better to choose lean meats like; turkey, chicken, small fish, shellfish, and occasionally eggs.
So if the foods listed above are considered whole foods, what is not a whole food? The opposite of whole foods are foods called fragmented. They are called this because you get them in parts or pieces often already prepared. These foods are processed often to make them less expensive. When this is done these foods lose their nutritional value, often you are only left with empty calories and sugar. These types of foods are white or bleached flours and rice, sweeteners, refined oils, fats, many juices, and tofu.
Whole foods provide more protection from illness. People who maintain a whole foods lifestyle get sick less often and have more energy. By eating whole foods you will slow down your digestive system, which gives your body the chance to better absorb all the vitamins and nutrients that are available in your foods. Fiber in whole grains has been proven to help regulate blood sugar. Whole foods help your gut to stay in balance, which is proving to be more and more important to overall health and wellbeing. Eating whole foods can also boost your antioxidant levels, which stops free radical cells, which are proven to cause cancer.
Many health care providers recommend that your food intake should consist of at least 70 to 80 percent whole foods. By having a diet primarily made up of whole foods you are making a lifestyle choice to be healthy. By restricting fragmented foods you are making better choices for your overall health and wellbeing. If you want to really be healthy and keep your body in the best shape possible with food, consider cutting out fragmented foods completely. If you are feeling doubtful about any of this, just try it for a few weeks. After two weeks eating only whole foods meals you will feel better, have more energy, and mostly likely lose weight.