15 November 2008

Healthy Meals for a Healtier You

This week entailed me spending time at the hospital making sure Aileen got well.    As I was able to witness the food choices and servings that the hospital served to her, and watching some segments on TV on healthy living, I found out a couple of tips which are most likely very well known by everybody but may perhaps not be stressed well enough for people to actually follow.

So here are some of those tips:

  • If possible, make 1/4th of your meal comprise of vegetables.  It doesn't matter what kind, but the point is to maintain a balanced diet consisting of the proper food groups.   Usually, anything green in color is good for you.   
  • At my age, taste is not a top priority anymore... health is.   What's healthy is good for you.   And if you regularly eat foods whose taste you don't particularly crave for, it kinda becomes second nature after a while and your taste buds won't repel that much.
  • Cut down on rice - 1 cup just may be enough   Some people compensate for little or lack of a viand for more rice servings.   It may help to add a bit more meat, chicken or fish to your meal that a lot more rice.
  • Eating out is not an excuse not to eat healthy.    You have the choice on where to eat and what to order.  Healthy eating is not confined to the dining room of your home.
  • Don't forget to drink.  I've seen people who will eat an entire meal from start to finish before drinking.   A drink is not only there to prevent you from choking, but it's there to rehydrate yourself.
  • Have a fruit for desert.   Thanks to marketing, chocolates and cakes have dominated the definition of "desert".   Fruits are a nice finisher to your meal.  Try having a banana, apple, grapes or a slice of pineapple or papaya.

Happy eating !  


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