Healthy Food and Balanced Lifestyle

General Article

People who are addicted to food think less about the type of food they are eating and more about the amount of food. This is always reflected the moment they feel the need to eat. And because of their addiction, they tend to eat at irregular intervals, eat on the run and binge eat all the time. They eat food not for the nutritional value it offers but because it tastes good. As a result, their food choices tend to be poor, mostly fried food and sweets. In general, they rely on high caloric and high fat food to satisfy their hunger and taste. However, with a little planning, these things can be changed for the greater good. Mindful eating can transform a eating habit from an emotional activity to a healthy component of lifestyle.

One thing that every dietician suggests is to start the day with a good breakfast. In fact, breakfast is the fuel to get you going for several hours making you less prone to binge eating. Skipping breakfast will slow your metabolism and rob you out of energy as well. Coming to meals, a healthy and balanced food plate should consist of a good portion of carbohydrates from the grain group, plenty of fruits and vegetables, preferably in raw form from juicer recipes, lean protein as well as dairy. Typically, it should have about 5-6 servings of these grains, 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables, one serving of lean meat and dairy in a day.

Depending on your eating habits and lifestyle, this diet may seem either a lot of food or too little. Note that, the servings mentioned above is a good place to start, if you haven’t been on a diet before but plan to take on one. You can eat more than the mentioned servings but not less. A certain minimum amount of food is always needed in order to make the body function optimally. In other words, your body needs adequate amount of nutrients which are provided from these food types. For now, however, you will need to encourage yourself to eat the right amount on a schedule and include all of these food types.

Meal planning should be a part of your diet and the first step in achieving the result you desire. However, it is impossible to eat a well-balanced diet without prior planning about what to eat and when to eat. But a little planning can go a long way when it comes to healthy eating. So, take a little time out of the weekend to plan ahead for the food you are going to eat. Make a grocery list and do the shopping all at once. It may feel like a tedious task but it will lower your stress level throughout the week while saving a lot of time and money. For those who are accustomed to eating out, it is fine to eat out from time to time but plan in advance rather than decide on the spur of the moment.