finally .... I guess i reached at the right place

December 4, 2009 3:41am CST
Hello I was browsing through the mylot interests and found this one "eating healthy" to be very honest i have no idea what so ever what one can classify as a healthy food ... all that vitamins contains and carbs , protins read and heard this words in the biology text and classes. Now the problem is i have been staying away from home for last 10 yrs and solely relying on mostly on non-veg and so called "junk food" . met the doc and he wants me to have a controlled diet no cholesterol i don't now what could be the healthy diet in that case ... looking forward for some inputs on the balance diet and the routine that i should follow to keep my cholesterol in check ... cheers
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@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Dec 09
hi I am a diabetic and our diet is the same diet all people should eat to be really healthy, plenty of veggies of all colors and fruits,pick different colors, lo fat milk, lean meat for protein, and complex grains like muligrained breads, oatmeal and cereals with fiber, and be sure to get some orange juice daily for extra vitamin C. get out in the sun for vitamin d, and remember to drink your milk for calcium. also check with WebM.d. for more healthy eating ideas.
• United States
21 Dec 09
Healthy food= Whole food. What does whole food mean? The less ingredients in the list, the better. The best whole foods would obviously be fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts- things that are not processed at all. Next would be whole grains. While there are some that you can eat in its whole form (Oats, brown rice, etc.) There are many whole grain food items that are minimally processed, but they are still very healthy. Thigns like 12 grain bread, and whole grain pasta, and things like that. Always check the ingredients. If there are words you cannot pronounce, it is probably bad for you. Stay away from things like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Aspartame, and Monosodium Glutamate. These are among the most harmful chemicals put into processed food, that can harm your health and that are found in most junk foods which are contributing to your unhealthy lifestyle. Also make sure you add in some healthy fats which help lower your cholesterol, in fact- things like almonds, olive oil, and avocados. Drinking water is also the healthiest thing to drink. You may think that drinking a Diet soda would be "healthy" but refer back to the whole foods concept- it contains harmful chemicals! Therefore even though it does not have as much sugar as regular coke, it is in fact, worse for you. If you try to eat as many whole foods as you can, quit buying junk food like chips, candies, cookies, etc. on a regular basis, and stop eating fast food, you will definitely be eating alot healthier. Now, eating a diet of mainly whole foods does not mean you have to sit around munching celery all day. Here are some substitutions and suggestions: Instead of a hamburger and french fries... eat this: -A veggieburger on whole grain bread, and homemade sweet potato fries (You can find recipes online!) Instead of a taco bell burrito this: -A whole grain tortilla filled with avocado, black beans, onion, mushrooms, spinach, and salsa! Instead of a PB&J on white this: -NATURAL peanut butter (You can find it anywhere, just make sure the ingredients say "Peanuts, salt", and jelly on any whole grain bread Meals like spaghetti are even healthy- just use whole grain noodles, get a pasta sauce with the least ingredients as you can find, and sautee some zucchini, squash, or any other vegetable and throw it into the sauce as well. Then you have a very satisfying, whole meal. I know that I have not recommended meat in any of my substitutions- I am a vegetarian and I whole heartedly believe cutting out meat will significantly improve your health as meat contains alot of saturated fat and harmful chemicals, but if you desire to continue to eat it, you can incorporate lean meats such as chicken, and fish and still be better off than if you are eating junk food all the time. I hope this helps! If you have any questions, let me know.