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Methods to Keep Your Diet Healthy and Nutritious

By Stephen R. Farris

There's a growing trend these days to start eating more healthy. We seem to be bombarded by a ton of diet plans, some that are to the extreme and others that claim you can eat anything you want and still shed pounds.

However, sticking with the basics is probably your best bet overall in the quest to slim down and get into better shape. You may want to try some of the following methods to incorporate into your diet plan.

Water

Not only does water help keep you hydrated, it's calorie-free, sugar-free and is healthier for you than sodas or other sugary beverages you may consume on a regular basis. Don't like the taste, then throw in a few pieces of your favorite fruit to add a little flavor.

How to Cook Meat

There are many methods to cook that piece of protein (meat), and chances are you're using them. Grilling, broiling, and frying are methods we most likely inherited from our parents growing up, so in turn, that's the way we cook our meat. You might try baking, roasting, or the popular method of sous-vide. These are some of the cooking methods that are deemed to be healthier for you.

Mix It Up

You shouldn't allow yourself to serve the same old healthy recipe at every meal. For starters, you'll quickly burn out on whatever it is. Mix it up in the kitchen by serving something different. Try a new recipe, add spices to give them more flavor. Don't be afraid to try something new occasionally. 

Eat Fresh Fruit

Maybe it's due to your fast-paced schedule or simply a matter of convenience, but it's always best -- and more healthy -- to eat fresh fruit rather than drinking fruit based drinks. The majority of those fruit drinks you might consider healthy are really loaded with added sugar. Some may contain the equivalent of a soda -- or more.

Plan More Home-Cooked Meals

It's easy to swing through the drive-thru of your favorite fast-food restaurant and grab lunch or dinner for the family instead of cooking at home. Unfortunately, it's not the healthiest choice to make. If you're serious about healthy nutrition, try planning more home-cooked meals consisting of fresh vegetables and leaner cuts of meat. Keep some fresh fruit available for dessert too.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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