We have all heard the phrase “balanced diet” but the term is often misunderstood. The first thing to remember when trying to eat healthily is moderation. Even the healthiest of foods can cause health issues if eaten in excess. Another misconception is that no foods are ‘bad’, as long as they are of course foods. If, like my three year old daughter you have cravings for wax crayons, that’s probably not going to do your health any good. Even alcohol, chocolate and coffee which often receive a bad rep’ have been proven by many studies, to have multiple positive effects on health; as long as they are consumed in moderation. The first golden rule of healthy eating is to eat a varied diet. Try to get all the major nutrients everyday and also consume a wide variety of vitamins and minerals in moderate quantities by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
The colour of fruits and vegetables is often connected to the main vitamins or minerals that they contain and so eating fruits and vegetables of a range of colours is going to be the best for your health. Another important point to remember is that our bodies need energy to function effectively. Many commercial diet programmes can cause health issues such as fatigue, headaches or depression as they starve our bodies of certain nutrients essential for effective function. Fats are a very important part of our diet as every single cell in our body has a membrane made mainly of fat molecules. Unsaturated fat molecules are more fluid than saturated fat molecules and allow substances to move in and out of our cells more quickly.
This allows our bodies to do things more easily and more quickly. People who consume more ‘healthy’ fats, such as those found in oily fish and avocados are less likely to suffer from fatigue and drowsiness and will find it easier to focus and concentrate. There has been so much hype about whole grains in the last decade that most of us are probably sick of hearing about them, but there are very good reasons for the hype.
Switching from processed carbohydrates to whole grain alternatives could be the most important change any of us could make in the move toward a healthier diet or healthier lifestyle. Whole grains breakdown slowly in our digestive system, creating a slow release of energy. This means that we feel satisfied for longer and are less likely to suffer from peaks and ‘crashes’ in our blood sugar levels. This can be especially important for anyone at risk of developing diabetes.
Another benefit of whole grains is that they are less likely to make us feel bloated or gassy. All grains are actually seeds, they contain all the essential nutrients a seedling plant needs to grow; the vitamins, the minerals, the proteins, and the energy store (carbohydrates). When we remove the protective outer covering, we remove most of these nutrients, often leaving only the starchy energy store behind. This is what we eat when we eat processed grains, like white rice, white bread and most pasta. Whole grains actually give us almost all the nutrients we need, in near perfect amounts all on their own.
This is what makes them such a great breakfast food; complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals all in one There are even small amounts of unsaturated fats. Top tips for healthy eating: Eat whole grains whenever you can : Don’t cut fat out of your diet : Variety and moderation are key.
Lack of sleep does not complement this type of diet. A good amount of sleep must be practiced for best results. However, most of us are incapable of doing this because of hectic work schedules they give us at work. Nevertheless, this can still be done thanks to a dr note template that can be easily downloaded from the internet.