An essential part of living a healthy life is eating healthy. Human beings need food for growth and maintenance. Eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Eat more of fruits, whole grains, vegetables, low fat or fat free milk and milk products. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Control portions you eat. Take the smallest portion that can satisfy your hunger. Avoid sodas and sugared drinks; they contain excessive calories that can lead to weight gain. Ensure you cook food properly avoid eating raw and undercooked meats and poultry. Eat lean meats, poultry (without the skin), fish, beans and nuts. And remember to eat in moderation.
- Avoid using grease or frying foods in grease, use heart friendly oils in cooking and check the labels of foods to ensure they are cholesterol free and free of saturated fats. Choose foods low in salt, added sugars, trans fat and saturated fats.
- Try to avoid eating large meals before sleeping to decrease gastroesophageal reflux and also weight gain. People who do night shifts, university or college students, those who are in the military should also ensure they adhere to a breakfast, lunch and dinner routine.