It is easy to be confused with what healthy eating is. This is because there is so much information out there but no correct answer as everyone tends to be biased, so here is the answer you have been looking for…..
Healthy eating is consuming a balanced diet that promotes good health. This includes fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, to ensure your body can function properly. If you provide your body with what is needed then it will take care of you by protecting you from illness and disease, keeping your cells healthy, and supplying you with energy.
The confusion a lot of the time is the word diet. These days businesses including food manufacturers, magazines, and fitness professionals use the word diet as a way to market something as healthy. This is not always true.
Many people are attracted to the healthy body that they see on the cover of a magazine, or the fat free yoghurt being advertised with words like skinny, light, or fabulous. This can be confusing as you will believe that something is good for you because the advert tells you it is.
My first tip is to eat whole foods. Ignore the adverts as the foods on adverts tend to be processed foods. You never see a banana or a loaf of whole grain bread being advertised on TV do you?
These are the food groups you should be consuming for a balanced diet.
Whole grains still have the bran and the germ attached. They are rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Refined grains such as white bread have the bran and germ removed so the goodness is taken out.
Whole grains include breads, pasta, rice, buckwheat, and oats. You need to make sure that the food label says 100% whole grain. If it doesn’t say this then don’t buy it.
Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables contribute to your supply of essential vitamins and minerals to allow your body to function well. It is also beneficial as it supplies your body with sufficient fibre.
Work on consuming a variety of fruit and vegetables of different colours. Each colour contains different vitamins and minerals so don’t just stick with your favourites.
Fats are important as they supply your body with essential fatty acids omega 3, and omega 6. Fats help you absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, making it possible for other nutrients to do their job.
Fatty foods include avocados, nuts, salmon, and eggs.
Protein is needed to build and repair tissue in our body. Protein rich foods also contain essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Protein foods include meat, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts.
Overall, you should make sure these foods are consumed as they will supply you with essential amino acids (proteins), essential fatty acids (fats), whole grains (carbohydrates), and fruit and vegetables (vitamins, minerals, and fibre). Consuming all of these food groups makes sure that you body functions properly.
Here are a few key points to remember
- Your body receives different things from each food group.
- Make sure that you are consuming each food group daily.
- Never cut something out as this can play havoc on your body long term.
- Never be attracted to diets.
- Consume whole foods.
- Restrict intake of refined sugars and salt.