Martha Stewart is not just the nation’s most renowned living expert. She also looks and acts much younger than her years. Stewart is featured on the cover of her book Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others, and she looks decades younger than her 71 years. So what is her secret? Healthy eating is one of the reasons she is in such great health. Here are some of her top healthy eating tips:
Put better things on your plate
“I believe in eating real food,” Stewart says. “And by real, I don’t mean something that passes for food.” She says that “quality and purity matter” when it comes to eating. So that means you should skip overprocessed food, avoid fast food, and eat natural food from nature’s bounty. Stewart says that “Fresh, unprocessed food is the best antiaging tool around.”
Stewart recommends making your meals around “home-cooked, unprocessed foods” because they will help nourish both your body and your soul. That includes eating whole grains, lots of leafy green vegetables, legumes, fish, fruits, and olive oil. She also recommends dairy products due to the probiotics in things like yogurt. She avoids red meat for the most part.
Concentrate on the great eight
The book recommends the following things to eat:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Beans and legumes
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean animal protein
- Calcium-rich foods
- Good fats
Follow a plan
It is important to have goals to follow when it comes to eating healthy. You cannot expect to eat a healthy way every day unless you have a plan. It is too easy to see your plan get sabotaged by all the temptations of everyday life, from bagels at the office, to happy hours with friends. So Stewart recommends that you set goals for yourself, such as an optimum weight, and regularly monitor those goals.
Keep the right foods in your home
If you have nutritious foods in your home, you will be much more likely to make nutritious meals. Stewart recommends having foods like nut butter, olive oil, nuts, cereal, pasta, rice, canned tomatoes, and salt, and spices, among other things, in your pantry.
Be mindful when you eat
Instead of wolfing down food in front of the television, take the time to savor your meal. That goes hand-in-hand with preparing delicious food to enjoy each meal. This is especially important if you are attempting to lose weight because you are more likely to be satisfied with eating less food if you have it deliciously prepared and spend some time savoring the meal.
Eat smaller meals, and do it more frequently
Stewart recommends eating smaller meals more often and feeling 80 percent full, instead of eating three square meals a day. She suggests five to six meals a day, as well as snacks, eaten around three hours apart.
More to learn besides the book can start with a life coach
Healthy eating is just part of living a good long life. Another thing is to talk with a life coach about how to be all that you can be.