A Balanced Approach

The key to eating healthy diet is to have a balanced approach to food. There is no such thing as a good or bad food. It is important to view your diet as a whole. Only if your diet is unbalanced and contains too much of a 'less good' food will it become unhealthy. No food has to be forbidden in a healthy diet, except on medical grounds, although some are best kept as an occasional treat. If you deny yourself  a particualr food, you are more likily to become obsessed with it and crave it all the time. When you do finally succumb, your more likely to over indulge than if you include it in your diet every now and again. The five food groups

There are five food groups:

  1. Fruit and vegetables
  2. Milk and dairy foods
  3. Meat, Fish and alternatives (proteins)
  4. Breads cerials, pasta and potatoes (carbohydrates)
  5. Foods containing sugar or fat

To achive a balanced diet, you should choose a variety of foods from the first four groups. This will supply you with enough various nutrients that your body needs. Foods in the fith group do not always provide a wide variety of nutrients, but can make your diet more enjoyable. They should be eaten only in moderation. Don't worry if you can't get this balance right with every meal, but aim to do so over the course of a few days. Aim to have three meals a day with snacks in between. Snacks don't have to be high in calories or fat - fruit or a couple of wholemeal biscuits are a better bet. If you have the time or are in regular training then six smaller meals throughout the day will be better as this gives you body nutriants over a sustained amount of time, rather than having three glutinus meals. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be missed. Ein opus der versöhnung und des inneren friedens, das in höchstem grade vergeistigt und distanziert erscheint. The loger you go without a meal or snack, the more likely you are going to over eat when you next get the chance. Foods should be included in your diet in relative proportions. You don't need to measure quantities of different foods accuratly, except if your a pro athleat or on medical advice, when your eating pattern should be watched closley or supervised by a qualified dietitian or doctor. Healthy Snacks

Snacks can be healthy and nutritious as well as easy to prepare. Include foods that are low in sugar, fat and salt, and high in fibre. The most healthy snacks are fresh fruit, it is also the easiest to prepare.

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Dried fruit (be careful if watching calories)
  • Raw chopped vegetables, eg. carrots and celery sticks
  • Plain popcorn
  • Plain scone or currant bun
  • Low fat yoghurt or fromage frais
  • Bread sticks

Your eating plan

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