Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be Healthy..


We often realize that there is nothing better than being healthy. I wasn't feeling really well yesterday, that's when I realize that it's good to be healthy. I hate being sick and not be able to do things normally. Have you ever felt that way too? I'm totally agree on the statement that said "We are what we eat". That's really true. If you love your body, you'll know exactly what's good for your body and what's bad for your body. Healthy eating is one of the most important thing to take a good care of your body. But most people think in the wrong way saying that they can't enjoy those delicious food by eating healthy, I guess it's not completely true. You can eat healthy and at the same time enjoy and eat all the food you like the most. All we need to do is knowing the right portion. Here's 10 fun facts of healthy eating from ehow. When you know the facts, you'll realize that it's all for your own benefit =)

Veggies and Fruits

  • 1. Eat at least nine servings of vegetables a day, which is about 4-1/2 cups. In particular, dietitians recommend dark leafy greens as well as veggies that are a rich red, yellow or orange.

    2. Keep fruit out where you can see it, such as in a bowl or basket on your kitchen counter. You'll be more likely to grab a banana or orange for a snack.

    3. Not all serving sizes of fruit and veggies are equal. For example, to get the equivalent of 1 cup's worth of veggies when eating leafy greens, you actually need 2 cups' worth. Also, 1/2 cup of dried fruit is equal to one cup of fresh fruit.

Meat, Fish, Poultry and Eggs

  • 4. Meat, fish, poultry and eggs all contain protein and iron, which are both needed for building strong muscles. Strong muscles are a must no matter what your age. In fact, if you stand up and take just one step, you will use 54 muscles. However, if you prefer a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you can also get protein through peanut butter, dried beans, peas and nuts.

    5. The iron found in meat helps carry oxygen to muscles, prevents infections and fights off anemia, which decreases energy.

Dairy

  • 6. Tweens and teens need 1,300mg of calcium daily and they can get 900mg of that by drinking 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free milk.

    7. Besides building strong bones throughout your body, the calcium in dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, also keep your teeth, gums, and jawbones healthy and strong.

    8. Even those who are lactose intolerant (people who have difficulty digesting dairy products) can sometimes comfortably digest a cup of milk if they drink it along with a regular meal.

Whole Grains

  • 9. The fiber found in whole grains can protect against heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. Fiber also helps fill you up, which can help you maintain or lose weight.

    10. Whole grains (as opposed to the refined or enriched grains found in foods like white bread) also provide minerals such as magnesium and selenium. Magnesium builds up bone strength and helps release energy out of your muscles. Selenium helps you develop a healthy immune system

    (article by By Tricia Mosser from ehow - image source: vi.sualize.us, vi.sualize.us)

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