Now firstly, I do not wish to get people yawning at the thought of another boring piece of text that preaches doom for anyone who actually enjoy eating. In fact, I hope to dispel the widely held but totally false belief that healthy eating and enjoyable eating are completely incompatible.
There is so much media hype concerning food and how to control what and how we should eat that we lose sight of the fact that … FOOD IS THERE TO BE ENJOYED.
In fact, Healthy Eating is not about strict dietary regimes, or depriving yourself of the foods you really enjoy in order to attain a body shape that is quite unnatural. Rather, it’s about feeling really good by having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible so that you can enjoy life to the full.
This can all be achieved by learning some simple nutritional basics and incorporating them in a way that works for you. Then it is all about choice.
It is not difficult to choose between foods that can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer and foods that will actually improve your health. Then by choosing from an extensive range of healthy options and by following some simple guideline, you can create and maintain a healthy and satisfying diet that will include a wide variety of delicious foods.
In the past healthy eating might mean “bland, tasteless and boring” but today, with all the choices we have available, it really can be both “delicious and enjoyable”. It is important that we adopt a positive attitude to our food and ensure that food really is one of life’s pleasures.
It is not within the scope of a short article to explore all the ways in which we can ensure that we really are enjoying a diet that is both healthy and satisfying. But there are three basic components that any healthy eating plan should be built around and these are Variety, Balance and Moderation
o Variety – it is extremely important that every diet should include foods of all types, as no one type of food can supply all the essential nutrients that the body needs to grow and remain healthy.
o Balance – means that you eat the correct amounts of food from each food group in order to obtain the nutrients and calories essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
o Moderation – it is obvious that any guide to a healthy diet would warn against eating too much of any one particular type of food. Too much is as bad as too little in any Healthy Eating plan.
As variety is one of the basic components of a healthy eating program, then there is absolutely no reason why anyone should feel unduly restricted in their choice of food. There are certainly sufficient options to choose from so as to ensure that their diet is completely healthy, varied and satisfying.
Furthermore, as we now have easy access to foods from all around the world we can benefit from a huge variety of tastes and flavors that were not available in days gone by. More importantly, many of the cultures in places such the Near and Far East have developed cuisines, over the centuries, which are recognized as being particularly health promoting, where variety and balance are vital components of their dishes.
So you can now combine the healthiest dishes from around the world to ensure that your healthy eating plan is completely well balanced and varied.
There are many books, articles and websites devoted to Healthy Eating that provide important guidelines which will help to ensure that the correct choices are made when deciding to adopt a completely healthy way of eating. So there is no reason why you cannot enjoy your food and maintain the healthy lifestyle that you know is so important.