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When it comes to keeping a balanced diet I know for a fact, that I am always looking to improve. There is a massive difference between dieting, and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Which seems to be a common thing that people forget quite regularly. I often see people attempting FAD diets. I’ve tried so many of them myself.
The truth is the only real way to conquer your eating habits and health worries is to change the way your thinking about food.
What is a balanced diet?
Having a balanced diet means that we eat the right things. Whilst controlling the quantity of the things we eat that aren’t really so good for us.
To have a balanced diet is another way of saying to maintain a healthy diet or a healthy lifestyle. A diet which contains a variety of foods in the correct quantities and proportions as well as ensuring that your body is receiving an adequate amount of nutrients that we need to survive in life.
It does not have to be complicated, honestly and don’t forget that it is never too late or too early to make healthy changes to your diet to help prevent disease, manage your weight, and feel generally better.
What is included in the best diet?
A balanced diet means making the correct choices to eat the correct varieties of foods from the different food groups.
This should specifically include things such as:
- vegetables and fruits
- protein – Such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and soy.
- dairy – Such as low-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt.
- carbohydrates – Such as starchy foods like rice, pasta, potatoes and bread (wholegrain or wholewheat varieties would be better for you)
- A small number of healthy fats such as the unsaturated fat from things like olive oil.
Why is a balanced diet so important for us?
Control Body weight
It goes without saying that a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet help control our body weight. Alongside as keeping active where possible.
Keeping our diet balanced also ensures that our bodies are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals into our system. Think of our bodies like a flower. To keep that flower glowing and beautiful, you need to provide the correct lighting and keep them hydrated. We are completely no different.
More energy and better mood.
By maintaining a balanced diet you will notice that your mood will improve and you have more energy than normal. It’s all of them vitamins and minerals that do you so good. A friend said something to me that really makes sense. Food is your mood. Eating crap will not make you feel any better basically.
So as I have just mentioned, maintaining a healthy diet improves your energy, however, Did you know that keeping a balanced diet improves your sleep? And can improve the content of our dreams.
Not getting the correct amount of nutrients in your body effects us being able to think straight! How can you stay productive when your body is crying out for a detox?
What should I be avoiding in my diet?
- Highly processed food & drinks
- Added sugar & salt
- Red or processed meat
- Trans fats.
One simple and relatively easy way of decreasing the amount of crap we are putting into our bodies is simply reducing the amount of sugar and salt that we input into our bodies, we can do this by avoiding sugary drinks and foods, and foods with added saturated fat like processed meats, chips, pastries, and pies.
Tips for achieving a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Life gets super busy at times. I know for certain that sometimes it is so difficult to stick to our routines and plans. For example, nights where we probably should have cooked the meal that we had planned to make, however, it hasn’t gone to plan and we’ve ended up with a take out. When life gets like this for me I always find that ensuring that I take multivitamins in the morning, it helps me feel brighter and more productive throughout the entire day.
Plan your meals & get creative with your meal planning.
There our plenty of healthy recipes and food ideas from all over the show on the web. Pinterest is a brilliant way to inspire a healthy meal.
also using a planner and sitting down and organising your meals before shopping day is ready way to keep yourself on track and probably save you some money!
Aim to get your 5 a day.
As the NHS recommends. You should be eating 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. It really is so easy to do as well. I love mixing fruit and healthy products to make a homemade smoothie! They taste amazing and our so nutritious for you!
Eat more fish.
Fish contains huge amounts of protein as well as omega 3 so not only is it good for your body! It’s amazing for your brain too.
If you really don’t like fish. This one will be challenging for you. However, increasing the amount of fish into your diet is really for you.
Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to help your body function better. Your body literally needs water and hydration to survive. I always find that volvic water, the flavoured versions
Get your body moving and your heart racing when ever you can! I use a Fitbit! To count my steps and monitor how active I have been! Most phones have a stepomoter on them. I find that using these helps you create your own challenges to beat.
Don’t skip breakfast.
you’ve probably heard this one a million times before. I know that I am the worst for this but it is something that I am genuinely trying to get into routine of doing. Having a healthy breakfast not only sets you up for the adventures of the day it also regulates your metabolism so that you are able to loose weight.
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