Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017
Life is busy. Between your job, family duty, yard work and more on your to-do list, finding time to eat healthier often gets placed on the back burner.
When it comes to staying healthy, focusing on nutrition and eating better can make a big difference. Following a few, simple steps men can eat healthier helping promote their wellness, prevent disease and improve their health stats.
Limit the Fat
Eating too many foods higher in fat like bacon, red meat and butter has been shown to increase cholesterol levels and increase the risk for cardiovascular complications.
Try to limit eating red meat to once or twice per week. But limiting red meat and butter doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Fire up the grill and toss on a tuna steak to get a hearty meal full of heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Removing the visible fat from meat before cooking helps and if you’re eating poultry, remove the skin before cooking as well.
Experiment With Variety
Instead of eating a hamburger, try a black bean burger. You can also toss some meaty mushrooms into your pasta sauce instead of sausage or ground beef.
Potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and potassium, but don’t stop there. Try including a variety of vegetables such as squash, zucchini, leafy greens, tomatoes, onions, green beans, broccoli, carrots and more. Summertime offers a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables. This summer, make it a goal to try new fruits and vegetables.
Another great change in dietary health can come in the way you prepare foods. If you typically fry food, try baking, grilling or sautéing instead. These methods offer plenty of flavor options without smothering food in fatty oils.
Whether sitting on the couch watching a game or stumbling downstairs for a late-night snack, choosing healthier snack options can be a big gain for healthy eating.
Passing up chips or cookies for vegetables and fruits is always a good choice. Fruits and vegetables have fewer calories and contain fiber and nutrients other snacks don’t.
If you just can’t part with some of your favorite unhealthy snacks, find ways to eat them less often or in smaller portions.
Don’t Forget To Exercise
Eating healthier is a good step to better health. While your focusing on your diet it also makes sense to take a look at your exercise program. Everyone should be getting 30 to 60 minutes of exercise four to five days a week.
That doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon. Walking, biking, jogging, yard work, swimming and other activities all fit the bill. Performing some form of strength training two to three days a week helps as well. If you can’t make it to the gym you can still do push-ups, air squats, jumping jacks, pull-ups or other body weight exercises.
Harbin Clinic wants to make sure all men get healthy and Man Up and Know Their Stats. For more information about men’s health visit our web site at harbinclinic.com/menshealth.