I am finishing my day off with discussing what I believe are the basic guidelines in achieving a healthy diet. Nutrition is only a small portion of what it takes to live a healthful lifestyle, but it certainly is important. Being a teenager and acting on this aspect is very tricky; Of any stage of life, right now is the time to splurge on Big Macs and milkshakes with high metabolisms and athletic abilities…yet at the same time this stage of life is crucial in nurturing and taking care of our bodies for the future. Once overcoming my eating disorder in the past year, I learned lots from my faults of both over & under eating and came up with these 9 basic guidelines that have helped me in getting to a healthy balance and have continued to do so in maintaining this balance.
1) Cut BACK (not out) on foods high in saturated fats, cholesterol and processed sugars and grains. Try to avoid trans fats and hydrogenated oils by all means. Eating natural whole foods contain more nutrients essential for the body and prevents habits that will cause pollution to the body.
2) Eat lean proteins. Such as fish, poultry and some red meats (about one a week for red meat). low fat dairy and legumes (I’ve recently learned) are also great sources of protein.
3) Eat 4 to six smaller meals in a day rather than 3 big meals. Grazing will keep you more full throughout the day and boosts your metabolism
4)Eat a big breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day. It prevents over eating and also raises your metabolism
5) Drink lots of water to hydrate and detoxify the body. It keeps you full while burning fat and gaining muscle.
6) You can never eat too many fruits and vegetables. They contain lots of fibre and nutrients. If you are having trouble with not eating enough vegetables consider taking supplements. They can come in both liquid and tablet variations. It is recommended to consume more than 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit in a day.
7) Count portions, not calories. Counting calories takes up too much time and energy and can get to the point of becoming compulsive, which is extremely unhealthy. Canada’s food guide is a great tool for understanding your portion sizes. A serving should be about the size of your fist or the palm of your hand.
8) Not all fats make you fat. In fact, you body needs fat. Eating the healthy fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated make you feel fuller faster, helps lower the bad cholesterol and is essential for healthy skin, hair and heart.
9) Enjoy your life! It is ok to eat pizza or a chocolate bar in MODERATION. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself and indulge every so often. Failing to do so makes life really tough and miserable.
QUESTION: What do you think are the keys to having a healthy diet? Did I miss anything :)?