Eating for Longevity: 5 Diet Changes to Extend Your Life

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Posted on: 01 July 2016 by Jim Raychrudhury

There are so many reasons to live a healthy life.

There are so many reasons to live a healthy life. If you have people you love in your life, you want to be around to enjoy them fully. It feels good to be able to put on a dress and not feel uncomfortable and overweight in it. 
 
If you'd like to experience a vibrant life, a large portion of your success will be found in what you eat. Many articles point to the fact that you are what you eat. While it may be tempting to hold on to the junk food and drink soda instead of water, consider these suggestions and learn that it doesn't have to be a hard transition.
 
1. Fish Consumption
 
 
Salmon and tuna are chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids and will do so much for your skin, energy and vitality. Many studies show that eating foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids help increase the lifespan and encourage longevity. Make sure to choose wild salmon instead of farm-raised salmon. When it's time to prepare these fish, don't overload them in butter. Use healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, a bit of sea salt, pepper and lemon. This blend will enhance the natural flavor of the fish when it's grilled or baked. It's much better for your body too.
 
2. Superfoods
 
At the top of the superfood list are the green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach. Acai berries, bok choy and steel-cut oats continue the list. It's important to get these types of foods in your system on a daily basis for optimal health. Instead of doing the typical side salad with lettuce, use spinach. Spinach salads with avocado, red onion, cucumbers and a light vinaigrette make a delightful side for dinner. Along with a banana, a few strawberries, some mango chunks and your choice of liquid (coconut water and almond milk are great options), blend together a handful of kale in the morning. It will give you a great boost in the morning as a green smoothie. 
 
3. Junk Food Elimination
 
 
Junk food is bad for the body, yet people struggle to let go. Whether it's the juicy burger, french fries or that ice cream cone, your body pays for those choices in the long run. Instead of struggling to avoid the junk food you crave, make healthier options. If you love french fries from the local burger joint, make sweet potato fries at home instead. When you make them at home, they won't be steeped in large vats of oil and covered with salt.
 
4. Less Meat and Dairy
 
Humans are the only mammals that drink another mammal's milk. With all the hormones they put in the different animals to grow at rapid rates, there's no way those hormones aren't seeping into our systems. A lot of people face serious health issues due what's coming in their bloodstreams by way of meats and dairy products. Try coconut, almond, rice or soy milk. Begin Meatless Mondays and start learning how to make meals that don't require meat. Do this a few times a week and you'll see a difference in the way you feel.
 
5. Eating Smaller Portions
 
The American diet is a really big diet. When you go to a restaurant in America, you're guaranteed to get at least three servings on one plate. The stomach is the size of an adult man's fist. Knowing this, place lots of color on your plate and start eating in smaller plates. You should eat less, but more often. Instead of three big meals a day, start eating six small meals a day. Your metabolism will thank you. 
 
This type of diet may sound overwhelming. If you try everything at once, it will be. The key is to ease your way into it. Additionally, it's important to look at this as a new way of life and not a quick fix to make you live longer. Ease into this lifestyle change by trying one of these tips at a time. As it gets easier, you'll get used to the change and never look back!

 

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