Healthy Eating: Good for the Body and Soul

By Stephen R. Farris

Nutrition is a key factor in helping maintain a vibrant, healthy lifestyle. Making sure we intake foods and drinks that are necessary in keeping our joints, muscles and organs functioning properly can be tricky at times. 

Poor food choices, such as most anything fast-food related -- burgers, fries, shakes, etc. -- can make you feel sluggish throughout the day. If done so on a daily basis, this could lead to diabetes, weakened muscles and joints, obesity and some forms of chronic illnesses.

One of the best ways to accomplish a good, nutritional regimen is to simply reduce our carbs and make sure we're drinking plenty of water each day. However, there are still plenty of other choices to help maintain a balanced diet without eating a ton of calories.

Shop Smarter: Just Not When You're Hungry

Probably one of the first ways to start eating healthier is when we do our grocery shopping. Try opting for more fresh fruits and vegetables over cardboard pizzas and frozen dinners. Beef is good, but chicken, pork and turkey meats are great to use for nutritional meals too. Also, you may want to skip the bread aisle, or at least find bakery items that are low in carbs.

Goal Setting: It's Really a Good Idea

Setting meal goals is a great idea and can be fun for you and the whole family. Maybe one day make your meals half and half; half fruits and half veggies, preferably more vegetables of the green, leafy kind. Try having a breadless burger dinner and substitute the fries with cauliflower tots or another veggie style tot. The ideas are endless, but setting meal goals would go a long way to developing better eating and nutritional habits.

Water, Water and More Water

Drinking plenty of water each and every day will help flush out your system and also give you a fuller feeling. A glass in the morning, before each meal, throughout the day and before bedtime is recommended. Make sure you watch your sodium intake too. Checking labels on foods is a good way to start, especially since they can be high in sodium. 

There are many ideas that you can find and follow to guide you with healthier eating. Have you thought about talking to your doctor or chiropractor? They may have suggestions and even literature available that can help you get started in the right direction.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Little Rock, Ark.

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