Healthy eating can be really confusing. With all of the information out there (and misinformation), it’s hard to know what to do. Every new diet claims to be THE one. All you need to do is eliminate fat, or carbs, or grains, or meat, or whatever else. But you don’t need some kind of complicated diet plan or to eliminate one specific food group. It’s as simple as eating a variety of real, unprocessed foods in moderation. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, your body probably won’t either.
Let’s break it down to the ABCs of healthy eating:
Adequacy: adequacy is the practice of getting enough of the essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs from the foods you eat. A natural, unprocessed diet naturally provides what your body needs. You won’t find these things in processed foods. Adequacy of these nutrients helps your body maintain its healthy weight and functioning properly.
Balance: balance is including a good variety of foods with different nutritional value. A balanced diet will include proper proportions of protein, carbs and fats to fuel your body. By including each of these components at each meal, you will have the right amount of nutrients. There could be some fine-tuning to general percentage guidelines, especially if you are an athlete as different sports require different workouts and dietary needs (for example: a runner’s diet would likely include more healthy carbohydrates while a body builder would need more protein).
Calorie control: Calories provide our bodies with the energy to function. Each of us has a basic caloric intake that we need each day to handle basic bodily functions like breathing. However, it is important to know approximately how many calories you need each day and to consume near that amount. Consuming calories with no nutritional value or consuming excessive calories will lead to obesity or other health issues.
Paying attention to the foods you eat each day is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight. Moderation and variety are key to healthy eating. If you don’t already eat a healthy diet, gradually making changes can lead to healthier eating over time. Implementing the ABCs of healthy eating can help you make better decisions about food.
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