Ok, so we all know we are supposed to eat healthy. But what does that mean? What is healthy? There is so much information out there, I read a new ‘breakthrough’ in nutrition every week. The benefits of this and that, this is now a superfood etc etc. Its impossible to keep up with it all.
The long and short of it is, healthy diets contain a wide variety of foods. Fad diets that tell you to exclude this or that or one major food group are not good for you long term. You may get a bit of short term weight loss but mostly these diets are unsustainable and unhealthy.
For a well-balanced diet you should include Breads and Cereals, preferably wholegrain, Fruit, Vegetables and Legumes in your diet as regularly as possible. Dairy products are also an essential element in a healthy balanced diet, but at lower quantities than fruit and veg. Use salt sparingly, we actually need salt for proper body function so don’t rule it out completely. Fats and Oils are also needed to balance a diet but consume these in low amounts and not every day.
Of course, if you have a health condition that advises avoiding these foods, rely on medical advice to regulate your intake. If you have made a conscious choice to exclude for personal ethics or religious beliefs you may also need to balance your diet in other ways to make up for any nutrition you might be missing out on. I personally am a vegetarian but that’s my choice. If you love your meat, make sure you are balancing it with the other food groups too.
As a part of your diet, it is also important to eat foods that contain iron and calcium. Calcium is important for bone health, especially in infants, girls and women. Iron is also essential, it helps to carry oxygen around the body and again is especially important to girls, women and also vegetarians.
I also want to mention water, we all know its essential but most of us still don’t drink enough. Water aids in weight loss and a well hydrated body recovers quicker from exercise. There are about a million other benefits to water, too numerous to mention. Drink it. It’s good.
On the other end of the scale, consumption of alcohol should be kept to a minimum. Not only is it often high in kilojoules but it has greater more far reaching health implications, also too numerous to mention. Don’t drink too much. It’s kinda bad.
So there you go. Basically its easy. Eat mainly fruit and veg and build everything else around that. You can’t go wrong.