What are the proper eating habits for health?
Topic: What are the proper eating habits for health?
April 25, 2019 / By Allysdair Question:
I'm a 23 year old male. Over the past years, I've had a difficult time maintaining proper eating habits. It's not that I eat too much, it's that I don't eat enough.
I've been prone to depression since I was in my early teens. I'm usually not that bad, but I'll have week long spells of just not eating much at all. Without the carbs and protein, I just feel mentally and physically weaker. Eventually I get in a funk that's very hard to get out of.
I just want to know how much and what kind of foods a normal 23 year old male should be eating, for optimum meantal and physical health. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and snacks?
I grew up on a heavy diet of meats and proteins. I don't find meat as appealing anymore and have cut back. Unfortunately, I still feel bogged down on a veggies only diet.
Well, I mostly manage to fit two meals in daily, but they're usually unbalanced meals. It's just that I know many people who don't eat right, and they seem just fine without the 3 meals. Thank you for your help!
Best Answers: What are the proper eating habits for health?
Terra | 1 day ago
There is NO SUCH THING AS A BAD FOOD, JUST A BAD QUANTITY. We need every kind of food, except artifical things like colors and additives ect, in a certain quantity.
Eating all veggies and no meat is bad, and eating all meat and no veggies is equally bad. What you need is a balance! The more varied the diet, the better.
- Complex starches, ie wholemeal ones, should make up a third of your daily diet. Your starch ought to make up a third of your dinner plate. Complex carbs are good because they only give a little bit of glucose in the blood at a time, which our body can use as energy without any excess sugar left over to be stored as fat. It is ok to eat a small amount of sugar with your starch, for some immediate energy while you wait for the slower release carb to kick in. But eating sugar by itself usually isn't good for your energy levels, unless you're about to do some exercise and you're going to use it all there and then!
- About 20% of your diet should be protein.
Meat is very complex protein, the best source of vitamin B12 (essential for the brain and muscle strength) and the best source of iron (essential for blood health). Our bodies extract the iron (and other minerals, such as zinc) from red meat better than any plant sources, no matter how much green veg you eat.
It's ideal to have 250-300g of red meat in total throughout the week, for your main dietary iron, other minerals (such as zinc in pork) and B vitamins, but it's higher in fat & saturates, and harder to digest than white meat. So for the remaining five or six days a week, you should have white meat or fish, and dark green veggies and nuts for iron. Have oily fish a few times weekly for unsaturated fats, omega 3/6/9, as they're the richest source. Eggs are another good source of protein and other nutrients to have sometimes.
- 33% of your diet should be fruits and vegetables. You should eat a wide range of different colors to get all of the different antioxidants and vitamins. For instance, if you eat a lot of green veg one day, have plenty of red and orange stuff the next. Variety is the key. You should have;
GREEN vegetables for vitamin E, which is an antioxidant.
RED/PURPLE/BLACK/BLUE items are full of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.
YELLOW/ORANGE fruits and vegetables are full of beta-carotine and vitamin A.
Dairy products are essential for calcium and Vitamin D. Our bodies absorb calcium and vitamin D from dairy better than plant sources, like soya milk.
Fats, unsaturated and saturates, are essential for our hormones, bones and fertility in the right quantities. Fats should only make up a small quantity of our daily intake; we should have about 60g of fat in a day. 40g of which should be unsaturated fats (plant oils, oily fish, nuts, seeds) and 20g of which should be saturates (dairy and red meat).
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Originally Answered: Healthy eating habits?
You really need to eat really healthy if you are using diet to lower you cholesterol. Did your doctor give you a diet to follow? I know you need to eat a good variety of vegetables and fruits. There are so many to choose from. The more variety of colors you purchase and consume, the better off you'll be. There are so many beautiful colors of everything. Try not to stick just to one color. You get so many good and healthy things from food. This is a good time of year where there is such variety of so many foods.
Maybe you could get your grandma interested in eating better for herself. It will make her feel better. Maybe she will let you go to the store and pick out some colorful foods you would like to eat. You can use a lot of veggies chopped up and make wonderful salads. Buy them, wash them, chop them and store the left overs in plastic bags or containers for the next day. Don't keep them too long, they will get slimmy. Then you can buy some that need to be cooked. You can steam a lot of the veggies til done and put a little low calorie margarine or butter. Deliciousl
About exercise: If you don't like a lot of exercising; how about walking. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do. Go to some big shopping mall. No body has to know what you are doing. You don't have to walk extremely fast. If you walk through Walmart or Sears or any other store. You can do some shopping while you're there if you'd like. Walking 20 to 30 minutes at a time would be good. Start with 15 minutes and build up. You may end up walking 40 to 60 minutes. It is good for you. Circulates your blood, gets your heart beating. Keeps you young. If your grandma can walk, take her with you some times. Walk with your friends.
Try to lower your choleserol by diet so you won't have to go on medication to lower it. It's expensive. Most medications have some kind of side effects that aren't too good. Look some of them up on line and see what they say the side effect are. Call a drug store and ask what some of the names are so you can look them up. I know one of them is Lipitor. I'm trying to lower mine with diet so I can lower my cholesterol too. I've lost 18 pounds so far. If you take one of those medications, you still have to watch what you eat so it won't keep going up.
You also need to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
Try to eat lean meat. Chicken and fish are better for you than most meats. Don't eat too much beef. Some is okay. There are a lot of seafood varieties out there. Stay away from fried.
Good luck to you.
You will feel so good if you get going with this; you'll feel like a million bucks.
Originally Answered: Healthy eating habits?
You actually HAVE to exercise. Even if you were not overweight, exercise is important to stay healthy for any person. You can either sign up at the gym, go swimming, ride a bike, walk your dog, dance class, anything really. You just need to do it about 4 times per week for at least 45 minute intervals. Drink some coffee to get you energized. Also make sure you're getting enough sleep. Cut out all beverages except for water.
You should be eating at least three meals a day. The first meal should be a portion of carbs/protein and the last two carbs/protein/veggies. With the proper nutrition in your system it balances you out mentally and physically, also you will have energy to cope with life. tips: veggies need to be dark green ones, (potatoes are carbs), a portion is the size of your palm, so if you eat a balance portion of each then your system can consume with out being over loaded. Consume too many veggies and not enough of the others, your weak, consume too many carbs and not of the others your weak, this is becasue your bodies are very fined tuned pieces of machinery that requires very careful diets to keep it functioning the way they were meant too. Dont be too hard on yourself if your diet is not perfect all the time. And dont eat meat if you dont want to, there are plenty of other ways to consume protein without eating meat. hope this helps?
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Go with them once they pass to the health care professional and carry it up in entrance of the health care professional seeing that what she is doing is crook in my brain. He do not need a weight predicament seeing that she is neglecting his well being. A lazy mother we could her baby recover from weight and feeds him prime fats meals. I devour proper, my children do as good they usually endeavor seeing that it's major to me and their father, so its rubbed off on them as good. I'm now not definite what variety of sandwich you made him, however why did your mother criticize your sandwich? Try once more, see if you'll be able to make him some thing healthful and intriguing and spot if she criticizes it them and if she does then you recognize she is making an attempt to deter him from consuming proper. You can speak in your brother approximately his consuming (a entire jar of Nutella) and his well being, and the way he'll be teased if he does not make fitter offerings.
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Originally Answered: Are my eating habits healthy?
I would say in no way would you be "fat". You are eating perfectly normal but a little less than what would be recomended. As long as you exercise about 30 min a day with that diet you should be fine. I believe that you are eating as healthy as you probably can. Just keep that going and you will be fine.