What does it mean to follow a healthy diet? Boiled and tasteless food? Salads, fruit, and water? Deprivation and restriction of favorite foods?
I bet most of you reading this are thinking: YES! …and as I’m writing this I’m thinking NO!!
A good dietician or nutritionist will respect you as a client and not ask you to remove all of your favorite foods from your diet, nor ask you to eat boiled food from now on.
A healthy diet is part of a healthy lifestyle which offers you vitality, energy, youthfulness, and health.
Therefore a healthy diet means that you educate yourself and learn about which foods you need to consume daily and in what quantities so that your body receives all of the micronutrients and macronutrients it needs to function.
The first thing you can do is learn to cook differently. Avoid frying and instead, choose to bake food with a drizzle of olive oil and herbs. Soup is always good too. Start adding various herbs (cinnamon, mint, pepper, paprika, oregano, turmeric, ginger and curry) in order to avoid adding too much salt.
The second item to focus on is food combinations so that each meal fulfills all of your nutritional requirements. Meals should include protein (meat, fish, egg or dairy) and starches (rice, bread, pasta or potatoes). Always remember to add vegetables to meals (baked, boiled or raw).
Finally, learning to eat healthy means learning to replace and not remove your favorite foods. Learn to cook your favorite meals in a healthier way and once in a while, since you’ve been doing so well, treat yourself to your sinful delights in reasonable quantities without guilt or regret.
Adequate hydration by consuming 8-10 glasses of water daily plus detox drinks
Daily physical activity (walking, cycling, resistance training)
A good mood and positive thinking