A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.~Author Unknown
If you want to be healthy you have to have a balanced diet. But getting a balanced diet is a lot easier said than done. Here are some simple tips to help you form your own balanced diet chart:
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I know that at the base of the traditional food pyramid you find bread, pastas and all grain based foods. Unfortunately eating all that bread and grain is unhealthy and fattening. I tried following the pyramid and I gained 10 pounds in about 1 month. It was very disappointing. Even whole grain foods aren’t all that great, and eating them too frequently will make you fat in time.
Fruit and vegetables on the other hand are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibers. They contain few calories and fill you up really fast. Each fruit or vegetable you eat is like a small health bomb that replenishes your body with youth and vitality. In my opinion a hefty portion of veggies should never miss from any meal. And for a balanced diet the best dessert is of course a fresh fruit eaten whole. If you can afford it please buy only organically grown fruits and vegetables. They are harder to find and usually more expensive, but the taste and favor is truly amazing. You will know it is organically grown once you taste the fruits and vegetables.
next on the balance diet chart is meat. But not any kind of meat, low fat meat. Turkey and chicken mean are great for low fat meals, especially if you remove the skin. Chicken breast and turkey breast are truly low fat, they have no fat, and are great for a delicious BBQ. Add a salad an you have a heavenly meal that is super healthy also. Your body needs proteins to repair itself, so eating meat is necessary. Just make sure it is healthy meat.
To get your portion of healthy fats eat more fish. Try to eat some fish at least once a week. Fish, especially oceanic fish, is full of omega 3 fats which are super healthy. Besides getting all those healthy fats you also get a good portion of proteins from fish.
Since your body cannot survive and function without a healthy source of fats, make sure you include in your balanced diet chart enough nuts and seeds. You can include them in your salads or eat them as healthy salads. For your cooking try to use only virgin olive oil which is filled with healthy fats. Cooking oil is very bad for your health and unfriendly with your waistline.
Please stay away from deep fried foods. I know they taste good but they are very, very unhealthy.
For a healthy source of proteins and calcium eat low fat dairies. Yogurt is great and refreshing, and you can make some tasty salad dressings from it.
Based on what you like to eat and armed with this knowledge, take some time to jot down your own balanced diet plan. Create a balanced diet chart and try to follow it as much as you can. Since you are the one creating your own chart, you are more likely to stick to it than if someone handed it to you. The basic idea is to eat only healthy food as much as you can.