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Which Foods Benefit You the Most?

By Rachel Shouse

There is a huge difference between eating just to eat and eating with intention or purpose. Although food can and should be enjoyable, you really should be looking into your diet to see if there are any other healthier options available. New ideas and recipes are being made every day. Your diet can still be delicious, but it could be time to see if what you're eating is best for you. 

New Ingredients You May Not Know About

It's not like you have to change up everything about your diet. You should definitely still be eating things that you enjoy. Anyone can get stuck in cooking the same things and using the same ingredients. Here are a handful of ingredients that you may not have heard of and what they're good for:

  • Eggs - Eggs are high in Vitamin B, which helps improve neurological function and reduces inflammation.
  • Olive oil - Olive oil contains a great amount of healthy fats. These fats even reduce cholesterol levels. Reducing your cholesterol could really benefit your heart health.
  • Mushrooms - Mushrooms are the only source of Vitamin D in plant form. They make for a great meat replacement as well.
  • Quinoa - Quinoa is great as it contains all nine types of amino acids and is a complete protein. This is also great for vegetarians. 
  • Whole grain pasta - Pastas made of whole grain contain far more fiber and nutrients.

How to Eat With Intention

Everyone at some point in their life will eat because they're bored or have frequent cravings. Although this is normal, that doesn't mean that it's the best for you. Doctors recommend that instead of eating three large meals per day that you should eat five small meals per day. Eating more frequently helps your metabolism work more often which helps you burn more calories. 

There are other ways of keeping yourself out of the refrigerator when you really don't need to eat. You could put a bright colored sign on the door so you can avoid aimless eating. Maybe set alarms on your phone, letting you know when you should eat. It's still smart to listen to your body though. If you feel genuinely hungry, it could be time to eat. Don't confuse hunger with habit though.

Making Food Fun 

You don't have to be an elementary school student in order to have fun with food. Some people may feel more apprehensive about trying new food or recipes at first. Eventually, you'll become so comfortable that you'll begin to come up with new ideas of your own. A lot of foods are cooked very similar and you'll get the hang of it much faster than you'd think. Try one new food per week for the next couple months and see what you can come up with. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Draper, Utah.

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