It is a beautiful thing to be alive, to be healthy and to have balance in everything you do. There is something wonderful about waking up every morning, knowing you have a chance to make a difference, serve a higher purpose and see the world through a completely different lens each day.
I am a huge believer in living a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, requires self-discipline.
As individuals, it is important that we are aware of what we eat and how we live. In addition, that we strive to maintain a clean, healthy and balanced diet that includes exercise. One good way of achieving this, is by ensuring that we eat the right amount of what our body needs, when it needs it. There are occasions when this is challenging; I have had my fair share of ups and downs. However, I found that once I got the right routine, everything fell into place and I am happier for it.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. That being said, it is also important to eat a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Let us take a look at how this can be achieved in five simple steps
1. Eat your five a day
We have all heard that wonderful old myth that five a day keeps the doctor away. This is quite true. Fruit and vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals.
Research shows that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables make up just over a third of the food we eat each day. There’s an indication that people who eat at least five portions a day have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
2. Dairy Products such as milk and cheese
Milk and dairy foods such as cheese and yoghurt are good sources of protein. They also contain calcium, which helps keep your bones healthy. Why do you think babies are so bubbly and strong? Take a leaf out of their book. This also comes highly recommended my health professionals.
3. Foods with Starch
This is Key. Starchy foods are meant to make up over one third of everything you eat. This means you need to base most of your meals around foods that contain starch.
It is well known and documented that potatoes with the skins on are a great source of fibre and vitamins. For example, boiled potatoes or jacket potatoes with skin left on them are definitely very rich in fibre.
Who likes wholegrain foods – absolutely nobody! However, wholegrain or wholemeal varieties of starchy foods, such as brown rice and whole-wheat pasta contain more fibre, and usually more vitamins and minerals than white varieties.
4. Say NO to too much saturated fat
Saturated fat, and too much of it, can increase your cholesterol in the blood, which is likely to increase your risk of developing heart disease. Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar can increase your risk of obesity and tooth decay.
5. Drinks lots of water
This is possibly the most important tip of the five. It is easy to overlook but forms part of your healthy and balanced diet. Water is healthy, doesn’t cost a dime and easily quenches your thirst without ruining your teeth. It has no calories and contains no sugars.
Plain tea, flavoured tea, as well as smoothies are also very good as well.
Finally, ensure that you exercise regularly
Going to the gym, taking walks or jogging keeps you fit and marginally healthy. Furthermore, balance your work and home life effectively. It is important to have some time for yourself – it allows you to recharge and re-evaluate things from time to time.
With these simple tips, you can rest assured you will live a healthier, happier and balanced life. MT