If your diet could use some improvement, there’s never a bad time to make healthy changes.
With so much information online about healthy eating and so many varying opinions, it can be confusing to know where to start when looking for dietary advice. This blog provided by Harnek Kang of Sheffield, United Kingdom will review the fundamentals of eating a healthy diet.
A simple online search for advice on healthy eating can be overwhelming with countless articles and blogs offering contrasting opinions. It’s no wonder that people can come to ask, ‘exactly what is a healthy diet’? Eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated. It seems that for every expert that tells you a certain food is good for you, there is one who says the exact opposite. But by following these simple tips you can break through the confusion and learn the basics of a healthy diet.
What are the benefits of having a healthy diet?
For starters, a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, becoming unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the food that you love. According to Harnick Kang, “it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your overall health, and boosting your mood”. Following a healthy diet can help you to get and keep a healthy weight, along with helping you feel increased mood and energy. There is also ample evidence that by eating a healthy diet you can reduce your risk of:
- Heart Disease
The basics of a healthy diet
A healthy diet essentially consists of a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. It’s not necessarily about eliminating anything from your diet, but rather, its about choosing the healthiest option from each category and keeping it balanced. Below is a list, provided by Harnek Kang, of the main categories that when combined make a healthy diet.
Protein provides you with the energy that you need while supporting mood and cognitive function. Meat and animal products are a good source of protein, along with many plant-based products such as legumes, beans, and nuts. “A variety of these items can ensure that your body gets all of the essential protein it needs to move forward,” says Harnek Kang.
Fat. It’s important to note that not all fat is the same, as ‘bad’ fats can increase your risk of disease and ‘good’ fats protect your brain and heart function. Healthy fats such as omega-3’s are an important aspect of your overall health and well being. Be sure to include more healthy fat in your diet, and don’t be worried about putting on weight as healthy fats actually trim people down.
Fiber. High fiber foods such as fruit, grains, nuts, beans, and vegetables can help you to lower your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. According to Harnek Kang, “high fiber diets have also been linked to healthy skin and weight loss”.
Carbohydrates are one of your body’s main sources of energy. It’s important to note the difference between healthy and unhealthy carbs before hitting the grocery store. Healthy carbs consist of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, whereas unhealthy carbs consist mainly of refined sugars (soda)and refined carbs (white bread).
For overall quality of life, it’s essential to establish a healthy diet as a foundation. A healthy diet can lead to physical, emotional and mental well being along with preventing many health conditions and diseases.