What Is A Healthy Diet?

What should you be eating in order to be as healthy as possible?  This is a good question to ask, but a harder one to answer. Because each of us is so different, determining the best diet plan for everyone is an impossible task. We each have different likes/dislikes when it comes to food, and food allergies also need to be considered.

But there are guidelines that you can follow in order to make sure you are getting all of the nutrients that you need without the harmful trans fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, and high sugar contents. Advice for good nutrition changes nearly as often as the diet fads that you might see in the news. But with each change to the nutritional guidelines comes a better idea of what our bodies need in order to function at their highest levels.

The Dietitians Association of Australia has some general guidelines to offer in terms of eating right, and they can help get you started in the proper direction. The main idea is that you should be eating a wide variety of foods in order to make sure you get the proper nutrition. When you only eat a few kinds of foods, you are limiting the amounts of nutrients in your diet.

What to eat plenty of:
Vegetables
Legumes and beans
Fruits
Breads, rices, pasta, noodles, and cereals, whole grain is the best choice
What to eat in moderation:
Lean meats
Fish
Poultry
Meat alternatives
Dairy – yoghurts, cheese, milk, soy, etc. – low fat choices are preferable

What to eat only once in a while:
Foods high in saturated fats
Foods high in sodium
High fat foods
Alcohol
Sugar
Processed foods

In terms of WHEN you should eat, there are conflicting ideas on this. But for most patients, it’s easier if they spread their eating out over the course of the day in order to maintain their blood sugar levels as well as their hunger levels. Try eating three meals per day, plus two small snacks (assuming this fits into your caloric plan). This will help you control your food intake, while also giving you enough food for fuelling your workouts.

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