We are fortunate enough to live in a world in which a vast variety of foods are available to us. Making healthy choices from among those foods is a great way to maintain a healthy body and mind and ensure that we look and feel good for our entire lives.
Nutrition is a vast subject that can be explored on many levels, but at the surface, there are a few general guidelines we can follow when making food choices. When choosing foods to eat, some of the healthiest nutrients you can consume are found in the following types of foods. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of healthy nutrients. Vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kohlrabi are loaded with vitamins and minerals that our bodies need in order to function properly. The fiber in these foods helps to keep our digestive systems moving regularly. If you want to have a flat stomach, a healthy digestive system can help a great deal. Fruits also contain vitamins and minerals as well as a certain amount of fiber. Fruits are also often very tasty, contributing to mental well being and happiness. Ever eaten a donut or other sugary, processed food and then felt like you have a ton of bricks sitting in your stomach? Try fruits. Generally, you can avoid that feeling by eating fruits instead of sugary, processed food.
Other foods containing healthy nutrients include meats, legumes, and other proteins. While red meat especially, should be eaten in moderation because of its relatively high amounts of cholesterol, meat and other protein-containing foods are essential to our well-being. If you are a vegetarian, or would just like to cut down on the amount of meat you consume, try legumes. The legume family includes many different types of beans and peas and these foods are high in protein, like meats, but also low in cholesterol. If you enjoy meat, you do not have to give up eating meat, just remember that moderation is the best policy. Try playing card-sized servings of meat flavored tastily or served with vegetables or grains. Whole grains, fish, and many other foods are also great sources of nutrients. Experiment and find out what types of food you enjoy.