The Confusions of Healthy Eating
When it comes to food and health, there are hundreds of different 'plans' published by top nutritionists, and millions of different statements and headlines published in newspapers and the media about the 'new best diet', 'cut carbs', 'don't eat this, eat that', 'good this bad that'.... it's no wonder we are confused and often become consumed by our confusion.
If you have a desire to turn your body into a temple and if you have the urge to nurse a good understanding of your body and the principles of nutrition, then there are a million 'books' out there all claiming to be the 'one' to help you do it. However, each of these books often contradict each other, and are often just filled with nutritionists' or 'food' experts' ramming their opinions down your throat, each one thinking that their way and beliefs are the right ones. Most of the time the author of these books, articles and online blogs don't take into account the individuality of each person. Every diet should be different to suit each individual's needs, allergies, and intolerances. No 'one diet' will ever be right for everyone. For a start, everyone needs different amounts of energy, because of shapes, activity, and ages, let alone the nutrients we all need in different amounts.
However, there are a few guidelines which we can all abide by which I agree will help us all stay healthy, despite our differences. These things are:
1. Moderation: no matter who you are, how tall you are, how active you are or anything else. Moderation is very important. Even when you are restoring (gaining) weight like I did, you must try to up your calories in vs out by keeping a balanced diet and not sticking to just one food group or another. This means that whatever you aim is, variety and moderation is crucial. Eating the same old thing over and over again, will not only be boring to eat but you will most definitely begin to lack in all the other important nutrients that food doesn't contain.
2. Variety: which is pretty much just explained but it deserved a point of its own as variety really is excellent. But a variety of foods, ingredients, spices and flavours really does make the body very happy and the mind too! When the day comes and you find yourself thinking, 'oh not that again', then you know you are lacking variety.
3. Keep hydrated: we know you are sick of being told to drink more water. Two litres a day, improved concentration, feel more energised, yada yada yada... I get it we've been told it a million times. Yet we still struggle to get out of bed in the morning! But in truth water really is amazing, and water is such a simple free health aid which is always at our service. Drinking enough water does us and our bodies the world of good. It is true, what they say, that water does help both our bodies and brains as you can't bear to do anything when you are thirsty. If you are still feeling a little skeptical about the limitless benefits of hydration then here are a few extra things to keep in mind the next time you pass a water tank:
3.1. Water keeps your kidneys and liver working.
3.2. Prevents water retention in the body.
3.3. Naturally detoxifies your body and flushes out excess sodium and other toxins.
3.4. Aids the digestive system and stops constipation.
3.5. Keeps your joints lubricated.
3.6. Aids concentration levels, thinking power (the brain is composed of, astounding, 75% water, you only need a slight drop of hydration in your brain for dehydration to kick in and your concentration levels will drop dramatically... stay smart, drink water) and keeps our body feeling fresh and energised.
3.7. Essential for a happy and healthy life and you would straight forwardly die without it.