For well-being they are the imperatives that have been drilled into us like forever – “Drink eight glasses of water a day!” Ëat nine servings of fruits and veggies!”Stay away from red meat!” But it turns out that taking care of yourself is not quite so black-and-white. There are more paths to optimal health than has been drilled into us. Here are four user-friendly rules for healthy living.
1. Eat your water
Much of your daily requirement of water is contained in foods: fruits, vegetables, beans and cooked whole grains like oatmeal and quinoa (which soak up moisture in the pot) and deliver servings of water. And, they offer the added bonus of nutrients: ”watermelon and cucumber are more that 90 percent water, but they also contain antioxidants. You will know you are hydrated when your urine is colorless or pale yellow.
2. Fill half your plate with produce
A serving of broccoli is about five florets. A serving of raw spinach is one cup. A serving of mango, roughly a fist size. STOP COUNTING instead make half of every meal produce.
Asparagus at dinner, spinach salad at lunch, sliced banana and some berries at breakfast. Quality counts. It is like in darts. The goal is to hit the bull’s eyes. But hitting nearby is good, too.
3. Beef in moderation can be healthy
A 2010 study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that the cardiovascular risk comes from processed varieties such as sausage, hot dogs, and cold cuts – not steak. Red meat is a good source of iron and immunity-boosting zinc-two nutrients some women do not get enough of. (But remember all meats are not equal – choose lean cuts avoiding prime). Try NOT to eat more that three 4 to 5 ounce servings per week – translation size of an iPhone.
4. Eat healthy, exercise, and let your weight settle naturally
People come in different shapes and sizes. The idea that everyone should fall under 25 BMI is ludicrous. Critics say BMI ignores muscle mass and a 2011 obesity study notes that it also ignores a person’s hip circumference. Here is the deal, stop obsessing over your BMI, eat a nutritious diet and log 150 minutes of exercise per week.
A healthy lifestyle results in a healthy weight.