A Balanced Diet - Back to Basics For Better Health

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With so many different diets and this diet approaches, it’s often hard to decide which to consider. Some diets count calories, others count fat or carbs. What’s the best diet solution when everything is so confusing?

The best plan is to get back to basics and eat a balanced meal plan. The truth is, your body has to have protein, carbs, and fat to be healthy. Cutting any one of them out can lead to poor health down the road. You may feel better, in the early stages. As your body tries to function over time without the necessary nutrients it needs. Soon, you will start to feel bad again.

Let’s break down what each component does for your body and then cover some basic tips for eating better. I will not get all scientific in the descriptions. I will keep it simple.

Protein

Protein is in every cell of your body. Not some cells, but in all cells. It is necessary for your bones, muscles, skin, hair and nails. Animal proteins are a complete protein. A complete protein means they supply the amino acids your body can’t produce on its own.

Other sources of protein include beans and legumes, nuts and seeds.

Protein deficiency leads to muscle loss, bone loss, and low calcium absorption. This can lead to fractures and osteoporosis. As you can see, it’s very important to have some protein every day.

Carbs

Carbohydrates
also play a big role in the body. They are the main energy source your body needs to run on. But, they are also important for brain function, your organs, cells, and tissues. They also play a role in intestinal health and the elimination of wastes from your body.


You need to have some carbs in your diet. So, what’s up with all the low carb diets? A good low carb diet does not completely remove carbs from the eating plan. It allows for better carb choices, which I’ll cover in the section for better eating habits.

Fats 


Fats come in two varieties, good fats, and bad fats. You want to consume more good fats and less bad fats. Fat plays many roles in the body. One of the most important is to help you absorb nutrients. Fat soluble vitamins include A, D, E, and K.

Fats are good for your hair and skin, but it also gives you essential fatty acids. These are fatty acids that your body can’t produce on its own, so you need to consume some healthy fats for this to happen.

So, how do you balance your diet and make better choices?


The best way is to design your own eating plan. You may have to work with it over time. It’s not set in stone. Each day you should consume some protein, some carbs, and some healthy fats.

For your protein choices, have a little bit of red meat, but not too much. Try to eat more fish and poultry. Nuts, seeds, and beans also supply some protein.

For your carb choices, and this is an area that people need to improve, simply eat better carbs. Stop eating processed carbs. Avoid bread cookies, and etc. Eat more beans, nuts, and vegetables. Also, consider this, can I eat this raw? If it’s grown in the ground and could you eat it straight from the garden, it’s a good choice. Not saying you have to eat your fruits and vegetables raw, but you could.

Bad Fats.

This one is another tricky area because there are so many bad fats in almost everything we eat. But the truth is, the majority of bad fats are in processed foods. Good fats come from real food. Like I mentioned about carbs, fats fall right in line. Good fat choices include nuts, seeds, avocados, etc. You’ll also get some fat from your protein sources.


You’ve tried every diet craze and nothing has worked. It’s time for a whole lifestyle change and a healthy eating plan that comes straight from nature. The best way to diet is to avoid the aisles in the grocery store. Buy your food from the meat, cheese and produce sections.

Thanks for reading,
Tommy Douglas

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