Have you ever noticed at a restaurant that some people are able to make three or four trips to the buffet table while others are content with one visit to satisfy their needs. We all have the choice of eating food that is healthy or harmful and usually we are aware of which is which. Unfortunately, at this type of restaurant, we tend to eat as much as we can to satisfy ourselves we are getting value for money rather than thinking about what the excessive amount and type of food being consumed is doing to our body.
Those who love to eat red meat and other fatty dishes are prone to become overweight because of the amount of bad cholesterol that is being taken into the body.
More than any time in our history, people in society to-day are experiencing high levels of cholesterol in the body due to the fast food phenomenon sweeping the world. A diet high in fats such as hamburgers, fried chicken etc. causes high cholesterol and other body malfunctions that eventually lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease,obesity and a lowering of your energy levels.
Is there one food product that can be called the best to lower cholesterol? The answer is no because a well balanced diet must come from all the food groups. This includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables/salads (including legumes). Eat food that is low in fat, in particular low in saturated fat.
Instead of drinking full cream milk with cornflakes, it is best to use non fat milk instead. The taste is almost the same and it's much healthier for you.
The healthiest thing to have either for lunch and dinner is food that comes from the ocean. This can be fish or shellfish that is known to carry Omega 3, which is very effective in lowering the levels of cholesterol in people.
Foods to avoid include fried, battered, crumbed, fatty takeaways, fast foods, sausages, luncheon and processed meats, pastries, pies etc. Others are cream, cakes, biscuits, puddings, ice cream, chocolates, hot chips.
There must always be a balance including fresh vegetables and/or salad whenever you decide to have meat or fish. Chicken is not good for you, if it is fried and if it is to be consumed it is important to remove the skin.
If you are serious about your healthy eating habits you should consider a vegetarian lifestyle that can be introduced gradually. Vegetarian meals are not only healthy, nutritious and delicious but they are easy to prepare.
It is never too late to make some lifestyle choices and changes in order to live a longer and healthier life.
Make it your business to learn more about healthy eating habits. You owe it to yourself.
Bill Hansen is a writer and researcher on vegetarian food and recipes To receive your instant access to information on various vegetarian food issues please visit http://www.aboutvegetarianrecipes.com