HEALTHY EATING MADE SIMPLE.
Do you find the idea of eating healthy food confusing, challenging or time consuming, wondering what's the big deal?
Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, it's as simple as eating a varied diet of whole foods.
Whole foods are foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. What this ensures is that your body is getting the most nutrients and benefits that the food has to offer.
Processed foods or foods that have to be altered before consumption generally lose a lot of their natural goodness in the process.
Food was designed by God to provide our bodies with fuel, to sustain our muscles, tissue, nerves and bones plus to serve as medicine when our bodies need to heal.
Our modern diet and lifestyle however has altered the way we both see food and how we eat it.
Simple, healthy eating is the best approach you can take for maximum health, strength and vitality both inside and out.
A good motto is keep it simple, keep it natural.
To start with it doesn't matter if it's eaten cooked or raw, the main thing is to cook and eat wholefoods.
Next is to keep it balanced. Our bodies thrive off the variety that is available to us from nature, and the world health organisation still recommends variety in nutrition for good reason.
Variety looks like ensuring there is a balance of:
- Fresh produce,
- Dairy and
- Whole grains in your daily diet.
Although there are a lot of approaches out there to how much of the above you eat, try and keep it as balanced as possible for every meal. This means making sure there is some of each on your plate every time you eat. If you need help balancing your intake or have specific health concerns or conditions I would recommended seeking the help of a professional nutritionist, dietician or naturopath to help tailor your eating to meet your individual health needs. Food is a powerful medicine.
And apart from aiming for simple, natural and balanced, there's not much more to healthy eating. Below is a guide to a basic guide to the food groups so you know what a balanced and natural diet should include.
Remember the reason for healthy eating shouldn't be motivated by fear or insecurity but by a desire to experience what a naturally strong and healthy body and mind can feel like and to enjoy every day to its full!
Basics of healthy eating:
Are important for providing your body with energy-when eaten in moderation. But for that energy to last us between meals, and to provide our bodies with a 'slow release' of this energy it is better that the carbohydrates are what is known as 'complex'. The body takes longer to digest, and release them into the system, thus 'lasting longer'. What you don't want is the rush of energy that gives you a peak, and then a drop between meals. Not good.
- Rye, sourdough or spelt breads
- Organic rolled oats or oat bran
- Brown rice, quinoa, gluten free noodles, brown rice cakes
It is important to include a form of protein with every meal. Protein ensures healthy growth, development, healing and functions of muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails and organs. Plus it gives you energy, keeps you fuller for longer and balances your blood sugar levels (minimising the peaks and drops/that shakey feeling between meals).
- Organic eggs, wild ocean caught seafood and fish
- Free range and organic poultry, or grass fed lean meat such as lamb, beef, veal or pork
- Beans, legumes, tofu, hummus, nuts, seeds, or a clean protein powder
- Organic dairy such as yoghurt, and cheese
Fats are important, if they are good fats. They help prevent fatigue, depression, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, organ damage and mood swings. Omega-3 and omega-6 fats can't be produced by the body naturally so must be absorbed by our food intake.
- Avocado, mixed nuts and seeds, nut butter, tahini or cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
Fibre basically makes sure your digestive and absorbing functions are working effectively so you can continue taking in as much nutrients from your food as possible.
- Wholegrains such as oats, or psyllium husk, chia seeds, flaxseed and nuts
- Dark leafy greens, and a variety of fruit
If you would like more in depth information on any of the above I can highly recommend the (UK website). It covers all individual foods, providing nutritional values and uses for each of them, health benefits and important information about each too. This has been one of my main resources, along with www.jessicasepel.com and www.draxe.com. You can see my full list of helpful websites and apps at both the Reviews page and the Lifestyle page.