Posted by sujatha krishnan on Fri, Oct 5, 2012  
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As a human, all of us would definitely like eating, and even more, if it is eating sweets, junk food there would be no second thoughts as each one of us likes to have sweets, chocolates, soft drinks, biscuits and all kinds of junk foods like burgers, pizzas etc. But what we tend to forget is the quantity of   the sweets and junk food which we consume a day which could become harmful to the body in the long run.


We might question ourselves many times what is wrong in having another sweet or chocolate or pizza when you yourself know you have had more sweets than your limit. It is just that our mouth starts salivating at the sight of these little things that we cannot resist ourselves with just one or two pieces.


Why does our mouth start salivating at the sight of foods? This is because at the sight of foods, our brain anticipates that we will be eating sooner or later, hence releasing primary digestive enzymes in the form of saliva, from the main salivary glands under our tongue. Hence, immediately our next step will be to eat.


SO, What do we call as a healthy diet? More often people say homemade foods are healthy. Yes, definitely, but are we sure we use the right ingredients and right amount of the ingredients while cooking. Well, that would have no answer.


Let us see what we can eat so as to prevent diseases and other health related problems because food plays a major role in our life.


First and foremost WATER is the major intake. It is said that 3-4 glasses of drinking water when take early in the morning with empty stomach will keep us fresh all day along and could prevent many health related problems etc.


Eating different kinds of FRUITS as possible such as apples, oranges, grapes, pear, papaya, guava, banana, mangoes, pineapple, etc.


Increasing intake of more VEGETABLES in the diet like green leafy vegetables, eating more raw vegetables. Including fresh salads in the breakfast containing raw vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, onions, etc.Adding sweet vegetables like corns, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yam, onions, etc so as to reduce cravings for other sweets.


Eating healthy CARBOHYDRATES AND GRAINS such as whole wheat, red rice, barley, oats, millets.


Adding good oil to your diet that contains monounsaturated fats like peanut oil, olive oil, avocados , pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and polyunsaturated fats including omega-3 and omega -6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are found in fishes such as Salmon, anchovies, mackerel, etc. Other sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids are corn, soybean, sunflower, flaxseed, walnut oils.


Eating PROTIEN containing foods such as fresh fish, chicken, soya, tofu, eggs , nuts etc. Though it should not be excessively taken.


Adding CALCIUM in the form of milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables, beans, etc.


Limiting SUGAR and SALT intake .Reducing intake of fast foods and junk foods.


It is always better to have small portions of foods at intervals rather than munching the whole food at once.


Never avoid breakfast.


Have regular check-ups with your doctors because they are the people who know us in and out.


Each one us likes to stay healthy and fit and it could be achieved by eating the right food, the right amount of food, at the right time.


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