One of the most important things that can help you live longer is eating healthy. You don’t have to deprive yourself entirely. If you eat right for your body type and work out at least 2 times a week you can still enjoy some foods that aren’t exactly healthy. Just don’t over do it!
Eat Healthy Fats
Fats are an essential nutrient for our body to function correctly. They are involved in everything from proper brain function to blood clotting and absorbing vital vitamins like A, D, E, and K.
Avoid Trans Fats
These fats are created when oils pass through a hydrogenation process turning them from a liquid fat to a solid fat. This process turns good fats into bad fats. The more commonly known name for trans fats is partially hydrogenated
Consume More Fresh Fruit And Vegetables
The antioxidants in fresh produce can help combat free radicals in your body, which may play a role in the aging process. Experts recommend eating between four and nine servings of fruits and veggies each day.
Focus On Eating Whole Foods
“Whole foods” refers to foods in their natural state with no added ingredients or artificial preservatives. Whole foods are also high in fiber, so they promote heart health and keep you feeling full for hours after your meal. Examples include fresh fruit, raw vegetables with dip, whole-grain crackers with cheese and hummus, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, lean meat, poultry or fish.
Eat Less Red Meat
Eating red meat has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, and possibly even death. That’s because large quantities of red meat are associated with higher levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and iron in the bloodstream, all of which can contribute to plaque deposits in the arteries that cause heart disease.