Keeping a healthy body is all about balance. Every system in your body constantly tries to stay in balance. It is the balance that keeps your body systems and your health stable.
Everyone has heard of the phrase “balanced diet”. However, how many people really know what that phrase means? What is a balanced diet?
There is no single way of a balanced diet. A balanced diet comprises daily mixture of foods from every basic food group. The best way to guarantee that you are getting enough protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins is to eat different foods from each of the different food groups. Maintaining a balanced diet also means balancing the food you eat with physical exercise. In other words, for the amount of exercise you get, you have to consume the right amount of calories. Doing this will help you maintain a healthy weight.
Keep in mind that most of the people there cannot eat a perfectly balanced meal at every meal. Keeping a truly balanced diet means balancing it for a week of meals.
Who likes to eat the same food all the time? None. If you choose different types of healthy food, it will help you to maintain a balanced diet on a daily basis. So take several different types of foods within each food group. Even if you love apples, try to change things – eat a banana instead. Every week, make sure you are eating strawberries, cantaloupe, plums, nectar, and grapes. Throw in a mango or some kiwi each time.
Fruits and vegetables play an important and important role in a balanced diet. A nutritional powerhouse, they provide you with much needed fiber, which also controls appetite. Vegetables are especially good for you. They are low in calories. They are also full of healthy phytochemicals that help to ward off disease. Make sure you eat at least two vegetables and two fruits per day. Ideally, you should increase that number to three or four helpers. A helping should be half a cup or a whole fruit (except watermelon).
Color balancing is another tip to maintain a balanced diet. Think about the colors of fruits and vegetables and make sure that you are eating the entire spectrum. A simple way to ensure that you are getting a solid mix of vegetables and fruits is to consume as many colors in the rainbow each week. Want red? Eat a strawberry. Want Orange? Eat … Well, eat an orange. Yellow? Get some peaches and appricots. Want green There are avocados, peas, broccoli, kiwis, and green beans. Blue? Blue barries. And purple? Egg Plants, Raisins, and Budberries. Each different color gives you a different nutrient, vitamin, mineral or antioxidant. So go ahead, eat the rainbow!
Bring these fruits and vegetables with you when you are on the way. Bring them to work or school or whenever you are in the car. This habit will keep your diet balanced and healthy and will help cancel out any high-calorie, high-fat food that you can at other times.
Don’t like raw vegetables? Okay, first of all, have you really given them a chance? It can be thought of just eating a raw vegetable that you do not like. They are not as clear as you think they are. In fact, they are full of flavor. Try something now, especially if you haven’t eaten a child since you were a child. Maybe now you like the taste and the crunch.
After trying them, if you still don’t like the taste of raw vegetables you still have hope. Try to grill them. This is a quick and easy way to make vegetables. Great vegetables on the grill include chilies, zucchini, asparagus, onions, potatoes, brinjals and mushrooms. Find your personal favorite by experimenting with others. Grilled vegetables are great for a side dish or to put over pasta, rice, or pizza.
Eating lots of vegetables and fruits is especially important when you are at home.
When you work or dine in a restaurant, you will have very few choices of vegetables and fruits. Sometimes you will have no choice but to choose – especially if you find yourself in a fast food restaurant. If you are eating outside, fruits and vegetables are on the menu, then by all means order them. But often your only choice is to try to find something that has fewer calories and less sodium. If you manage to make these choices, then you will have a better chance of maintaining a balanced flow of nutrients in your body.
Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and vegetables into your system without taste.
If you fail to maintain a balanced diet, you will be at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
To get maximum balance, exercise more and get more sleep. Add more physical activity to your routine. For example, if you are going out for lunch at work, walk there. And climb the stairs. If you combine a balanced diet with healthy exercise, you will lose weight fast. Also, research proves that getting proper amount of sleep will help you stay healthy. Not only does proper sleep help your digestive system, when you are relaxed you will make better choices about the foods you eat.
Remember, losing weight is about balance. Eat right, exercise and have a good sleep.