Add food variety to your diet
“Eating a single type of food can be fast and convenient but you can’t get all the essential minerals and vitamins from that single particular food. Mix it up and add a variety of food to your diet for optimal health”
Food variety is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.
What is a varied diet?
I’ve researched this for years and it is the only area I found consensus. Healthy living is a minefield of advice, sometimes contradicting advice.
When you avoid a food group such as vegetables, it is time to look into your diet
Cereals, grains and grain products
Carbohydrates are maligned but complex carbohydrates such as whole grain varieties are a great addition to your diet. I love brown rice, lentils and all sorts of beans. Avoid highly processed white refined bread and white flour. Whole grain varieties of bread are naturally full of goodness. Why do you think white bread is normally enriched with vitamins and minerals?
Fruits and vegetables
Experts agree that we must eat from 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables. Roughly this equates to 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables. Buy wisely and mix colours of the fruits and vegetables so you get all the vitamins and minerals
Low Fat vs High Fat
On this topic experts tend to differ. Some go for the low fat alternative and others go for the good fat. My personal choice is eating natural fats. For example: olive oil, coconut oil, butter instead of margarine etc. I, personally do not like low fat diets as people tend to look drawn after doing them. Also the low fat alternatives available tend to be highly processed foods that take the goodness out and are filled with bad carbs. I only eat low fat when I am taking HCG. Also, if you think, since the advent of the low fat diets, in the late 70s, obesity has escalated uncontrollably.
This is something all experts agree. You must drink water. I drink around 2 litres a day. Coffee and teas do not count, unless they are herbal teas.
I read so much how breakfast is essential and I found it depends on the person. Since I’ve started my HCG diet, I tend not to have breakfast. I am not hungry until lunchtime even now in my 8 weeks consolidation / maintenance.
Salt, sugar and caffeine
This is a no brainer. We need to limit the amount we eat of the three! In moderation they are fine. The problem when you buy processed foods you don’t realise how much you are getting of salt and sugar that is added. Read the labels.
Ideal weight maintenance
If you cannot maintain your ideal weight this is a sign that perhaps your diet is not healthy. Believe me I know. I am not saying naturally thin people do not need to evaluate their diet but weight gain is a sign of a non healthy diet.
Steps to a healthy diet
Remember baby steps do it. Change one habit a week for example and soon you will have an incredibly healthy diet.
Here is an interesting article from UK NATIONAL HEALTH