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The Mini Guide to Healthy Eating

Nutrition
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
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Healthy eating can be overwhelming and difficult, particularly when you’re trying to make sense of it all.  We all know that eating healthier is healthy, but what does that mean?  In this article, you'll uncover our Mini Guide to Healthy Eating so you can eat better and build a healthy lifestyle. Ready to get started?  

 

Plant-based food is a priority  

Bowl of healthy food

Prioritizing plant-based foods means focusing on whole-plant foods.  Essentially eating more foods like beans, green vegetables, legumes, whole grains, seeds and nuts.   

We are not asking you to go full vegetarian. But by eating more plant-based foods, you access a broader range of vitamins to promote your overall wellbeing.  

Fiber

For individuals looking to shed some weight or have troubles with constipation. Fiber is excellent as a nutrient!  

Fiber- You’ll lose weight  

Guy holding his fat belly

One study found that eating 30 grams of fibre a day can assist in your weight loss goals. That’s about a tablespoon of flaxseeds!  

How does fiber help you lose weight you ask? Fiber-rich foods fill up your stomach faster and satisfy your hunger longer, thus indirectly reducing your calorie intake.  In addition to that, fibre can bind onto fat and sugar molecules, preventing the absorption of it. As a result, less of these fat and sugar contribute to our calorie intake.  

Be sure to mix and match your diet with a healthy side of veggies to reach your weight loss goals faster.  

List of plant-based foods with high fibre amounts.  

  1. Pears (3.1 grams per piece)
  2. Chia seeds (34.4 grams per 100 grams)
  3. Chickpeas (7 grams per 100 gram)
  4. Oats (10.1 grams per gram

Fiber- For Constipation

A whole bunch of green high fiber food

Constipation is generally caused by slower bowel movements or more difficult passing of stools. Fiber remains undigested after consumption, therefore assists our digestive tract by speeding up the transit of food.  

So if you ever notice yourself getting constipated. It is time to increase your plant-based food uptake! 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential fat soluble vitamin that plays an important role in maintaining our vision and assisting in our immune system.  

Vitamin A- For Vision 

Image of an eye

Vitamin A plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a healthy cornea ( the transparent layer covering the colored part of our eyes). One study finds that lower cornea thickness is associated with developing glaucoma (pressure building up in the front of the eye, causing eye damage). 

Vitamin A- For Immune System

 

Red Blood Cells
Research shows that crucial immune organs need constant dietary intake to maintain it’s Vitamin A concentrations. A lot of immune cells like our B-cells , T-cells, etc. interact with Vitamin A to keep our immunity up.  

Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria. Current evidence is, Vitamin A supplementation help relieve symptoms and speed up hospital recovery time for children.  

List of plant-based foods with high Vitamin A 

  1. Sweet Potato (cooked)  100 grams: 1,043 mcg  
  1. Kale (cooked) 100 grams: 681 mcg  
  1. Carrot (cooked) 1 medium carrot: 392 mcg  
  1. Spinach (raw) — 100 grams: 469 mcg 

 

Eating Whole Foods 

Whole foods are foods with less additives They do not have added sugars, starches,  flavorings, or other manufactured ingredients. They are the opposite of processed foods.   

Choosing whole foods over processed foods plays a key role in your nutrition. When consuming food: choose chicken breast over chicken nuggets, potatoes over potato chips, freshly squeezed juice over sweetened juice, and so on.  

 

The benefits of choosing whole foods over processed foods are plentiful. 

1. Reduce your chance of developing diabetes

Type 2 diabetes happens when your body is unable to regulate and use sugar (glucose) as a fuel, leading to a build-up of sugar in your bloodstream. Damage to the kidney, eyes, nerves, and brain is well documented in diabetic cases. 

Processed foods, in general, contains eight times more sugar than less processed foods.  To reduce your chance of developing diabetes, opt for a low sugar alternative- which is whole foods. 

2. Good for your skin

Studies shows the high amount of antioxidants in whole foods like fruits, fish and beans helps reduce wrinkling and protect your skin from losing elasticity.  

Much of this is due to ultra-processed foods often containing a high amount of hydrogenated oils, which are full of trans fats and can promote the chronic inflammation that hastens the breakdown (or aging) of your cells. 

 Hence we recommend taking more fruits, fruits and beans as part of your diet. 

 
 
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