Dieting doesn't have to mean eating only certain foods and eliminating all our favorite foods. A good diet should consist of healthy eating. Healthy eating is eating foods that are good for our bodies. Practicing healthy eating habits every day will not only help you maintain your ideal weight but will also help you lose weight. More importantly, eating healthy is going to give you more energy, help you sleep better and feel better.
Your diet should consist of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Not only are they great for your health but they taste great as well. The vegetables I like to eat the most are the ones that I can eat raw as well. Choose lean meats such as fish, chicken or turkey. If you do happen to be a pork or beef lover, you don't have to give these foods up but trim the fat. Consider broiling or grilling rather than frying your beat.
Add grains, legumes and nuts to your diet as these also make great foods for snacks. In spite of all the hype you hear about eliminating carbs from your diet, you need carbs to help give you energy. Make sure you eat foods that are rich in protein as well. Eating healthy is only part of living a happier and healthier life. Exercise is extremely important. I've heard many young mothers say that with all the running around they do with children, they get plenty of exercise. I've been there, done that and said that! However, as active as I was with the kids, I still wasn't getting enough exercise.
Today everywhere you look you see people walking or jogging. It's a great way to get exercise and bond with your family or friends at the same time. Regardless of how busy your daily life is, designate a certain time of each day for exercise, whether it's going for a walk, doing aerobic exercises or running around the block. You don't need a membership to a health club to get the exercise you need. If you have a dog, he or she will love you for those daily walks you take with them.