Is there a better way?
You may be able to eat almost anything that you feel like! I can hear you say, "What? How?"
* Now, I am not your doctor, so please:
If you have a health issue, like diabetes, lactose intolerance, coeliac, heart condition, other health restrictions, food allergies, or genetic issues, then please listen to your health professional!
I do have your best interests at heart, though.
I would like to share four concepts with you.
1. Listen to your body.
2. Have balance in your eating.
3. Eat what you love, love what you eat.
4. Fresh, in-season food is best.
The body is an amazing piece of equipment, isn't it?
We can often eat what we like, and it can still turn that food into energy.
What I find amazing, is that humans all around the world can have such different foods available to them. They can use the food sources, cook and eat them and maintain a generally healthy body.
"Variety is the spice of life". That is what makes going travelling so much fun! Trying other cuisines, and experiencing new tastes. Going to restaurants in your city and experiencing different and new dishes gives one pleasure and enjoyment.
Focus on the selection of food that you choose.
A variety of in-season foods where you live, is the best foods for you to eat.
Should it be Low-Carb or Low Fat?
A recent scientific study was undertaken by twin doctors, Chris and Xand Van Tulleken.
"Twin doctors’ diet experiment:
One gave up sugar, one gave up fat."
(Published: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Thursday, January 30, 2014)
It was very interesting, in that one twin undertook to eat low-carbs for one month.
Fruit and vegetables were included as carbs. So their diet was quite short on fibre and good nutrients.
The other twin ate a low-fat diet for one month.
The twin that ate low carbs, was very tired.
Their advice? "Stay away from processed foods that are loaded with sugar and fat".
Importantly, our body reacts best when given the right fuel to use. Like your car, if you put in a cheaper fuel, it won't perform at its peak. You might save a bit at the fuel pump with cheaper petrol but you might pay more at Service time.
If you don't service your car you might be up for serious maintenance costs down the track.
We can trade our car in for a better model. But we can't buy a new human body. Not yet anyway.
So it is up to ourselves how we care for our body.
When we are young it seems that we can eat whatever is going.... lots of sweets, cakes, biscuits. But age has a way of catching up to us. We find that we need more of the good foods to provide us with our lasting energy and for consistent health and fitness.
If we eat healthily are we guaranteed of being healthy? Unfortunately not always.
Amazingly, there are some people who eat badly all their lives and are alive and well, living into their late eighties and nineties. We can also recall some people that are dedicated to living a wholesome lifestyle and exercise, eat well, and seem to do "all the right things". They sometimes pass away relatively early in life... It does not seem fair.
So what is best?
I don't have all the answers, but I can suggest that we choose foods that support our body best.
As mentioned at the beginning, choose foods that are in-season. They are innately enriched with the nutrients and vitamins that we need at that particular time of year. Enjoy a biscuit if you want.
Just not the whole pack!
A balanced diet that included a combination of good fats, fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and limit the foods processed with high sugar and bad fats, is most likely to help you feel best.
Sensible food selection, balance, and enjoyment.
Be mindful of the quantity of food in your serving without starving yourself, or feeling stuffed.
Be aware of the quality of your food too. Buy as fresh as possible.
Balance over your week, your fruit, veggies, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, legumes, seeds, grain breads, with no preservatives if possible. Remember to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated too.
Food is just one part of looking after yourself. Be aware of what you are eating as well.
It will make your meal more enjoyable too.
Aim to be calm when eating.
Wolfing a meal down is not pleasant at all.
When planning your next meal, take a moment and think about what you feel like eating before you make your choice. Listen to your answer. Your body is usually very good at communicating what it wants.
It is not about bland and boring meals. You can get very creative with recipes, if spices and sauces are your thing. The ingredients are the things that give you health and wellness. Aim to stay away from the processed foods. Think fresh.
Remember, if you are sick then you need to follow medical advice.
Eating on holidays can sometimes disrupt our good eating habits. But that is part of the joy of being on holidays too. Just be conscious of the big picture and return to good habits as soon as possible and practical.
Food and exercise is often linked. So pick something that you enjoy doing, and can do on a consistent basis. Walking, and cycling are my two favourite activities.
You are ultimately in the driver's seat when it comes to food. No one can really force you to eat anything that you don't want to eat.
Make it your decision from now, to eat the foods that are filled with healthy nutrients that make you feel great. You will benefit from your decisions by having more vitality, think clearer, have greater energy for things you want to do, feel better on the inside, and look great on the outside.
Your good food choices- helps you feel better today, and live a better quality of life.
That's worth grabbing an apple for, don't you agree?
Here's to your good health!
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