Healthy Food, Healthy Life

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healthy_foodsA healthy balanced diet is easier said than achieved. Today’s world encourages fast food, packaged food and unhealthy food that leads to an unhealthy lifestyle. A healthy diet plan is one that comprises natural, fresh and rich foods taken daily. A balanced diet however is one that consists of various nutrients in the right proportion to supply the nutrient needs of the body. Problems arise when one tends to eat some kinds of food more than other kinds usually because on is your favorite food. In such cases a healthy balanced diet turns into unhealthy balance diet. Thus a balanced diet may be bad for you cause the diet may simply not supply the kind of nutrients that your body requires at that particular time.

For example – if you are diabetic, hypertensive, or have a heart disease, a balanced diet may be unhealthy for you due to some kind of foods in the diet that makes it balance. It might be balanced but not for you. The same situation applies if you are weighing 400 pounds and a BMI of 41. While you must eat to stay alive, you need to avoid fatty and sugary foods as much as possible so an unbalanced or a healthy diet is what you need. People make these mistakes when they try to lose weight without doing enough research. Losing weight is possible while maintaining a balance but a healthy diet, you just need to know what and how to eat.

The first step is to consult your doctor and check if your health permits a particular kind of diet regime. Doctors generally advocate the consultation of a nutritionist. It is very important to consult experts before embarking on any diet plans. Try to understand the food pyramid, a lot of companies show the food pyramid but we fail to pay attention to it.  The reason why people choose fast food is because there is no home cooked food available. Cooking food at home will help you control your cravings for pizzas and instant deliveries. Plan the food items beforehand and buy the required ingredients. This makes following a diet easier.

Controlling your urges and cravings can be difficult but with healthier options it is possible to avoid such cravings. Whole grain cereals can help cut the urge for sweets like chocolates while you diet.  One must also calculate his or her activity level. active people require a high level of carbohydrates and proteins. That would include bread, cereal, rice and pasta. Foods which provide protein are meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Vitamins are also highly important and can be obtained from vegetables and fruits.

These food groups are very important and without them a healthy balanced diet cannot be obtained. Calcium sources like milk, yogurt and cheese are also required for bone strength. This is a basic overview on healthy balanced diet foods.  With a little effort, a healthy balanced diet can not only give you a perfect figure, it also ensure that you live a peaceful stress free life.

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