What is a balanced diet and how do I create one anyway?
With so many diets and nutrition trends out there today, it's no wonder that so many are confused. although we have the opportunity to understand our personal hormone levels, blood type, intolerances (you name it) a lot more and better than we sued to, there are still some basic rules that everyone should know regarding what constitutes as a balanced diet. So whether you're trying intermittent fasting, and going keto, or are gluten or dairy free, here's what you need to know to help your body and mind function at optimum level and help you fend off sickness:
What You'll Need
- Whole foods
- Follow the 80/20 rule
- Protein at every meal
- Eat veggies daily
- Add fibre
What You'll Do
- Eat whole foods in their natural form and cook from scratch where possible. Whole foods maintain all of their nutrients such as amino acids, fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals and will feed your bodies.
- Follow the 80/20 and indulge in a little of what you fancy. Im a big believer in this. I find that feeding and nourishing your body 80% of the time allows you the other 20% to indulge and treat yourself every now and then.
- Eat around the clock to keep your blood sugar levels regulated and your energy up. People who skip meals are more likely to make bad food choices when they get hungry. Eating protein at every meal and snack is a good way of doing this. Quality protein sources include chicken, fish, eggs, quinoa, lentils, spirulina, nuts and good quality protein powders.
- Eat vegetables daily. I like to get 6-8 portions in per day. The more colourful the vegetable (and fruit for that matter) the higher the antioxidant level. Dark green leafy vegetables are packed with magnesium and 50% of the population are deficient in this mineral.
- Eat adequate fibre. It’s recommended that adults should consume approximately 25–30 g daily. Fibre can be found in fruits, vegetable and wholegrain such as brown rice, lentils and chickpeas. It’s excellent for improving digestive health and lowering cholesterol levels and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.