It is so easy to fall prey to all the different diet programs advertised on television and the radio. Unfortunately, almost none of them have any regard for your long term nutrition, lifestyle or a connection to reality. Healthy eating plans are supposed to provide you with all the nutrients your body needs, and should probably not be called “diets” at all. In fact, I would suggest that the very term is harmful to you in both body and spirit.
When we are children, we naturally eat what we need and as often as we need it if given the opportunity. As we grow older, we are introduced to non-nutritional foods such as candy, cookies, soda and more. Those products are designed to lure us in, and in moderation, are fine. The real problem is when our eating gets out of balance with our needs.
Nourishment isn’t Boring
If you are looking at a diet plan and your first reaction is that the menu is boring, you already know you won’t get what you need. Real nutrition requires variety. You are unlikely to get all the nutrients you need each day, but the body doesn’t work that way. If you choose healthy foods, and vary what you eat each day, you will have a much better chance at providing yourself with everything you need.
One day you might have a salad filled with dark greens, peppers, tomatoes and carrots topped with some fish for lunch. Another day you may opt to eat a raw nut butter sandwich on toasted, sprouted grain bread with an apple and a hardboiled egg. By mixing up your meals, you gain access to important nutrients that you might otherwise miss. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Plan Your Meals Ahead
It can seem overwhelming at first to start a new way of eating, even if you know it is good for you. However, like so many other habits, once you get started, it becomes easier each day. If your goal is to provide yourself and your family with healthy meal plans without breaking the bank, you will need to evaluate which foods are on sale each week and design your menus around them.
Organic foods are better for you than non-organics. Meats raised naturally, that is to say cattle on grass, chickens free-range and organically, fish that are caught wild and the like don’t stress your liver with the need to detoxify what goes in. That means it can work on processing fats that you ingest into great energy for you to use.
Other things you should avoid are commercial milk products, roasted nuts, artificial sweeteners and any salt that doesn’t come from the sea. Soy products are also terribly misrepresented and should have no place on your plate.
If you need help figuring out how to build healthy meal plans then talk to a nutritionist. They can help you tailor your meals to your needs, and then provide you with plenty of great recipes and much, much more. Just remember, if the food plan doesn’t include variety and good nutrition, it isn’t likely to work for the long term.