From Fitness Professional and Health Writer Dave Gluhareff:
Smart Food Choices to Get You Healthy!
Most of us love to eat some junk food sometimes and splurge on foods that are not so healthy but we all know that it’s not healthy for us to do so often. Sure you may not know exactly what the healthiest options are but most of us grow up having a fairly good idea of what is healthy and what is not. I hear people (kids and adults) all the time say they do not know how to eat right so let’s get this cleared up.
If I had two tables in front of you each loaded with foods could you tell me which table is the healthy table and which one is the Un-Healthy table? Let me describe the foods on Table 1 and Table 2:
Table 1 – Fruits (apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, cherries, oranges, grapefruits, blueberries, raspberries, mangos, plums, peaches, nectarines, etc), Vegetables (cucumbers, lettuce, squash, peppers, zucchinis, spinach, kale, collard greens, green beans, corn, etc), Lean Meats (chicken, turkey, pork loin, lean beef, fish, etc) , low fat dairy products (cheeses, yogurts, skim milk, etc), Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, etc), Beans (white beans, lima beans, black beans, red beans, kidney beans, etc), Starchy Complex Carbohydrates (oatmeal, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, whole grain breads, brown rice, etc), and fresh Water to drink.
Table 2 – Doughnuts, hard candy, chocolate/caramel bars, potato chips, honey buns, popsicles, ice cream, pop tarts, nachos, slushies, pizza, greasy cheeseburgers, pink hotdogs, fried chicken, fried fish, French fries, twinkies, cinnamon rolls, onion rings, cheese fries, chili cheese fries, candy apples, cotton candy, cakes, pastries, pies, heavy sugary syrups, heavy dressings, potatoes (with sour cream, bacon bits, butter), all these foods with sodas and high sugar juices to drink.
This was easy right?! Table 1 is the Healthy table!
Many times we adults and kids make healthy nutrition too hard and act like we do not know how to eat healthy or make healthy choices. Sometimes it’s that we actually do know but are lazy and make excuses to not eat healthy. When we eat junk we feel like junk. If we eat un-healthy food choices then our bodies and brains respond by getting slow, fatigued, stressed, sick, and weak. On the other hand when we eat healthy nutrition daily our bodies are happy and perform so much better as do our brains.
Eating healthy foods helps us to be better athletes, better students, better kids, better adults, better employees/workers, better thinkers, and just better at all things. When we eat healthy foods we have healthier immune systems so we get sick less often and stay stronger with higher energy. Our brains think faster and clearer when we eat healthy foods too so we do better at work and in school and with homework!
Kids and Parents you guys sit down together and write out a healthy grocery list together that includes healthy foods like the ones I’ve mentioned here and you guys can also go to my website www.trainwithdave.com and click on Nutrition for my FREE meal/snack plan and healthy meal/snack ideas and more food choices! Make eating healthy a family thing! If everyone is eating better foods then everyone will feel, look, and move well plus have stronger immune systems! Spend some quality time as a family and/or with friends to setup healthy meals, snacks, and grocery lists each week and plan ahead. Planning ahead your healthy nutrition is very rewarding because your brain and body will get more energy, strength, and endurance to help you stay healthy and strong!
Have an awesome October and Happy Halloween!