What is balanced eating? Is is eating everything all at once? Is it eating all food groups in 1 day? Let’s break this down.
Answering this questions and establishing the Balanced Eating Foundation maybe the most common and most important aspect I work on with clients. When it comes to balanced eating here are the basic principals:
Macros refers to the macro nutrients. These nutrients are essential for your body to function and thrive. That means, your body has to have them for all bodily functions to occur, from breathing, to digestion, to moving your fingers, to sleeping, to laughing… everything happens to because of nutrients. These macronutrients are: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. These 3 macros are the foundation for your nutrition.
Every person and gender, age group, and health goals all need a different breakdown or different amount to maintain their well-being. But nonetheless, we all need these macronutrients.
This breakdown of what should be eating is your daily baseline of how your plate should be divided with nutrients. That means in general you should not be eliminating macronutrients from your diet. There is a biological need as to why it is a part of your diet. These macronutrients should be coming from real whole foods. Foods like: chicken, fish, potatoes, pumpkins, almonds, avocados, olive oil, collard greens, zucchini, tomatoes, blueberries, apples, peaches, chia seeds, sardines, yogurt, oats….
These macros should not be mainly consumed from packaged food-like products. Those processed foods are one of the leading causes for lifestyle diseases because they lack the real nutrient makeup that food/meals/eating should be giving you.
Flavor is critical for you to enjoy your food. Adding in flavor from herbs, spices, and sauces gives you that enjoyment factor that all food should provide you. Yes, food is nourishment, but it is also fun, delicious, and a daily practice that should be enjoyed.
These flavor agents from spices, herbs, and sauces also provide you with nutrients. Herbs and spices, way back when used to be medicine. These hers and spices still have medicinal properties in enhancing your health and nutrition accompanied with a balanced lifestyle. Part of that balance is to enjoy and love the flavor of your meals and food.
Part of the Balanced Eating Foundation is to learn to make the practice of cooking and eating simple. Not to overcomplicate your life with too many ingredients, too many steps to make a meal, or constantly in the kitchen cooking. Making your life simple by knowing the principals of what should be on your plate, how much should be on your plate, and what to make, makes your life simple. Makes this journey of a healthy lifestyle simple.
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