Eating healthy can help you live longer and stronger and can help you to sharpen your mind. While planning your meals, it is important to focus on the following points:
» Reduce sodium: Season your food with garlic, ginger, spices and herbs instead of salt to prevent water retention and high blood pressure.
» Add fibre: Choose high fibre foods like green, leafy vegetables, whole grains and beans. A fibre-rich diet prevents constipation and chronic liver disease.
» Avoid ‘hidden sugar’: Packaged and ready-to-eat meals often have lots of added sugar. Choose fresh vegetables, home-made food, as opposed to fast food, canned goods and candy.
» Choose a ‘colorful’ plate: Fruits that are rich in color correspond to rich nutrients. A colourful plate could contain the following: spinach, tomatoes, brinjal, corn and watermelon.
» Avoid skipping meals: If you skip your meals, you might feel sluggish throughout the day. This will slow down your metabolism and you might gorge on fast food later in the day!