People say that a Healthy Balanced Diet is a very essential part of a human’s overall health and wellness. Do you agree? Then what are you doing to provide your body the most Balanced Healthy Diet that it requires.
Many people just talk about having a healthy and balanced diet and actually, many of them can be seen having a burger and a sweetened beverage at a local restaurant or at any of the international food chains. Is this is the answer to the much debated question “How to Have a Balanced Diet?” we do not feel that it is a good answer. If you also feel this way, then continue reading and get the best answer for this question.
We have divided this article into points for your easy understanding.
- Preparing or setting up your mind for eating a healthy diet:
This is said as the most crucial part in getting your body a balanced and healthy diet. You need to prepare your mind and body to stick for a longer time with balanced diet. Positive changes are surely the best thing that you will notice at the end.
- Keep it simple and clear:
Do not overdo anything, is something that your grandparents would told you when you were a kid. Same goes with healthy eating also. Though counting calories and keeping a track record of what you eat is beneficial, but becoming more than concerned for this, will not let you be happy. Moreover, it will also not let you to focus on finding more beneficial foods and its recipes.
- Go slow and adapt gradually:
It is good to eat a healthy diet, but if your body is not prepared to be fed on just healthy food and it is not getting its dose of junk food? Do you see a problem in it? Though very small, there is a problem. What we suggest you is that you should go for small changes in your diet and see the difference that you feel. Set targets for yourself. And try real hard to achieve them. Make small but effective changes like you can switch to olive oil for cooking from butter. Give your body time to adapt to the new healthy lifestyle.
- Be positive as the changes you make, matter a lot:
It does not matter that how big or small a change is that you just made in your feeding habits. Each and every change counts in the long race and you will get the reward in the due course of time. Once you feel good by eradicating a bad feeding habit, pause, feel happy for yourself and then move on to the next target.
- Be moderate:
It is one of the most essential points which many people do not seem to be understanding. Being moderate while it comes to bring positive changes in your feeding habits or rather say, switching to a healthy and balanced diet, is very necessary. People tend to go on a diet and eat nothing for the whole day and then they stuff their bellies with food. This is where being moderate comes into the picture.
- Be firm on what you’ve decided:
If you want to achieve your goals then being firm and determinant is very essential. Agree? But this is where many people fail and they tend to eat or consume foods that once they have banned. We have a trick for this. If your find it very hard to resist on a particular food that you know is not good for you, then you can continue eating it but in very small quantities and you can gradually limit its intake in a few days. Also try to eat other food that reduces its effects. For instance, if you are crazy and diehard fans for sweets and you can surely go for bitter melon juice.
- Eat only in required quantities:
This will be fun for your friends and not for you. We suggest you to share your food with your friends and family members. Even if you are out in a restaurant, order the least quantity of any dish. Avoid ordering supersized or full plates of any dish or delicacy.
Need help on this point. Here you go. While at home, you can take food in a comparatively smaller serving plate and use a smaller spoon for eating food. Smaller plates will accommodate lesser food and this will help you to set a mentality that you ate a plate full of food.
- How you eat matters a lot:
Getting yourself a balanced and healthy diet is not just about what food you eat rather it is about how you eat your food. Your thought about your food will matter the most. We suggest do not live to eat but eat to live. One more important thing that you should always keep in mind i.e. you can survive healthily with lesser food, but you will certainly get some problems if do not know the limits of eating.
- Do not eat your food alone:
Apart from making you more socially active, you can save yourself from overeating. Eat your meals with your family and if they know that you are on a mission to get a balanced diet, they will encourage you. Same goes when you are in office or at your work place. Eating while watching TV or working on your computer will induce overeating.
- Chew and chew and chew:
Chewing each and every bite properly is very important as the digestion starts when you start chewing down your food. This way you will get to enjoy the taste of your food for a longer period of time. Though it will make you a lazy eater, you may get closer to your goal.
- Eat only when you are “really” hungry:
Eating your food at times when you are really hungry is the key to live a longer and healthier life. If you feel hungry then you can drink a glass of water and by this you can find out that whether you are hungry or thirsty. Eat slowly and eat slightly lesser than that is required.
Always eat your breakfast and do not skip meals. Instead break your meals in smaller portions and eat them throughout the day. Healthy and proper breakfast will enhance your metabolism and sticking to small portions of healthy meals will keep you energized and your metabolism will remain in good health.
- Make your meals COLORFUL:
Adding more colors to your meals simply means adding more nutrients in your diet. For this purpose you can add a variety of seasonal and regular food items. We suggest you to eat at least one seasonal fruit every day. This way you will replenish the required quota of minerals, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and nutrients. Plus, fruits are very poor when it comes to calorie count.
- Go green:
Some of the green food items that you can rely on are mustard green, kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, spinach, lettuce. These are rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron and vitamins like K, E, C and A.
- Not all sweets are to be banned:
Naturally occurring sweets are always beneficial for your health. Sweet vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, corn, onions, yams etc. add a sweet taste to your meals and this way you can curb your urge for other sweet.
We know that you like fruits and so you can add as many as fruits to your diet. Apart from being tasty they are a brilliant source of vitamins, fibers and antioxidants.