A healthy diet is when you get all your body’s required nutrients and vitamins throughout the day. This may be difficult as eating healthy isn’t exactly cheap and when you go to Fast Food joints, the cheaper items are those things which are not good for you. Salads cost a whack and then you are encouraged to buy the cheaper, less healthy option or even skip a meal.
When you have a balanced diet, you eat the fruit, vegetables, meats, grains, dairy, and starch food groups. Getting the right mix and right amount is important. Do not forget your fluid intake. A healthy body consumes between 8 to 10 glasses of water each day.
Some people are not morning persons so they just decide to skip breakfast all together and just have coffee. As the cliché goes; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This meal gives you the energy you need to start your day right. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You can have fruit and oats, granola and yogurt or even throw in eggs for added protein and a glass of milk for your daily dairy intake. If you don’t have time to prepare it or make it, get it done the night before and have it with you on your way to work.
Lunch is an important meal. In some countries, it may be the heaviest meal of the day. If this is the case then make sure you have your salads and green leafy vegetables. You could save it for dinner but isn’t it best to get over the torture as soon as possible? By this time you should have already had four or five glasses of water. You should have half or most of your starch servings in this meal so a sandwich is good or even rice or potato salad.
If you’re going to have a light dinner, why not have a salad? Your vegetable and fruit intake should actually be five servings. If a salad doesn’t tickle your fancy toast and butter; saturated fat is actually needed by our bodies in small quantities. If you have a heavy dinner then make sure you have lots of peas or meats and well your remaining starch requirements for the day. By now you should have consumed most of your glasses of water.
After eating a meal, a lot of persons feel for something sweet. If you have a sweet tooth after lunch get you a fruit bowl or fruit salad. If you want you can even have a fruit smoothie. You may want to eat healthy all the time but a little cheating is good now and then so indulge yourself in pancakes or donuts for breakfast once in a while and have that cupcake or slice of cake you may have been lusting after. Even if you want to stick to your diet or health regime, consider treating yourself to freshly squeezed juice or a whole grain muffin.