For decades, we’ve looked to scientists to tell us what is ‘healthy’ for us to eat.
It can be hugely frustrating to not know what is healthy and what isn’t, especially in a world where research is contradicting itself over and over again.
So to help you out I’ve left you a few pointers that if you incorporate into your eating habits can make a big impact on your overall health.
As the old adage says: “We are what we eat” and in this article this is the exact rule we’re following, so without further ado, lets jump into the list of healthy foods to eat.
Firstly, lets begin at the bottom of the food pyramid.
Although nutritionists once believed sugary starchy foods like white breads, pastas and pastries were important in a balanced diet, it is now being discovered that there are many diseases linked to having excess carbs absorbed by the body (as carbs dramatically affect your blood sugar levels.)
You can read all about how a fat-based diet is better for your health compared to a sugar based diet in my other article ‘Keto Diet for Beginners.’
However there are healthy carbs out there that are crucial for a healthy body, including veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes etc.
It is impossible to completely cut carbohydrates from the diet as most foods do contain them, but it IS important to know the difference between a good carb and a bad carb.
If it is natural grown from the earth, chances are it’s a good carb and if it is heavily refined sugary and starchy, it is probably a bad carb.
Proteins are very important in the diet as they help repair and build tissues in the body, help regulate hormones and are what enzymes are made of – without which metabolism in the body would not occur.
- lean meat, poultry and fish (buy fresh and local if possible)
- dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese and eggs
- beans and legumes
Although many dietitians have said that fatty meats are not good for your health, it has been proven in numerous studies that a good amount of fatty meats as part of a balanced diet will not affect health negatively.
Why fats are important.
Fats have gotten a bad name for themselves as everyone believes that if you eat fat you will be fat. This statement is far from the truth and if you believed it up until now than that is very unfortunate.
Fat is VITAL for our health. Vitamins A, D,E and K cannot be properly absorbed into the body without the presence of fat.
Know the difference between good fat and bad fat.
Eating McDonald’s all day because you believe greasy fries are good for you is not going to make you healthy; but eating fats like avocados, nuts and oily fish CAN make a big difference to your insides.
Fats actually can help you burn fat too so make sure you incorporate them into your diet if you want to lose weight AND feel amazing!
- nuts and seeds
- cheese( hard and soft)
- oils (nut oils)
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- grassfed butter.
Its not just what you eat but when you eat.
We’ve all heard that to maintain good health one has to eat little and often throughout the day from the time we get up til the time we put our heads on the pillow.
This could not be further from the truth unfortunately.
Its important we give our digestive system a break too, and if we are constantly shoving food into our bodies – good OR bad – our bodies won’t be able to detox itself on a regular basis.
Instead of eating Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert, tea, snack … etc incorporate fasting into your diet.
If you want to know more about how fasting can transform your life you can check out my article ‘How to Lose Weight Quickly’.
This topic has and will be spoken a LOT about on this website so make sure you check it out! 🙂
The simple answer to this problem of constant munching is – cut out the snacks and reduce your meals (gradually if you find it too difficult – make sure you go at your own pace) to ideally 2 or 3 meals a day.
Contrary to many beliefs pushing your breakfast back a bit i.e. not having breakfast until midday could greatly improve your gut health. In the same way not eating after a certain time like 6 p.m. could also give your digestive system a well-deserved break.
To sum up…
Eating good carbs, good fats, and proteins will give you all the important nutrients and minerals your body needs to achieve good health. Another tip I must add is of course DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
Hopefully, this article has answered some of your questions on healthy eating, however if you have any further question( or have anything to add) make sure you leave them in the comment section down below and I’ll try to answer them for you.