Change your diet for healthier living
According to Certified Sports Nutritionalist Doug Pomeroy here are some foods to avoid and some foods to add to your diet for healthier living.
PROTEIN: Good protein should be 30 percent of your daily diet because it repairs muscle and tissue. The best protein for digestive purposes is fish and canned tuna in water (mercury-free) is OK, too. Good protein contains essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce on their own. Other sources of good protein are eggs (if cholesterol is not a problem for you) soy, dairy products and quinoa. Avoid red meat.
CARBOHYDRATES: Avoid simple carbohydrates like sugar. “Sugar is like poison to the body. Cancer thrives on sugar,” according to Pomeroy. Refined white flour should also be avoided because of its high glycemic index (turns into sugar). Pomeroy recommends Stevia as a sweetener and Ezekiel bread made from sprouts. Kashi pizza is also good. Complex carbohydrates should be eaten five to six times a day. Fruits and vegetables are complex carbohydrates. Oatmeal (old-fashioned best), whole grains and brown or wild rice.
FATS: Fats are also essential to our diets. Without fats our skin dries, hair falls our and nails crack, Pomeroy said. Avoid saturated fats that come from animal sources. Fatty meats, processed chocolate, fried foods should be avoided. Monounsaturated fats like olive oil and canola oil are good for you and polyunsaturated fats that come from vegetable sources.
Breakfast is the most important meal and so is the last meal you eat before going to bed. Eating protein before bed instead of a sweet snack is best.