How Important Is A Balanced Diet?
It’s Friday and I know that most of us tend to slack on our super strict diet over the weekend; you know like binge eating carbs, sugary foods, and basically all those items on our “not to eat” list. Well how about a better plan?! Let’s chill out a bit on our ridiculously strict meal plans and enjoy food. It’s okay to indulge in dessert or have that extra sweet coffee drink from Starbucks, but remember everything in moderation.
A well balanced diet is that provides your body with the nutrients it needs and don’t forget about physical activity. Most Americans do not get the proper amount of physical activities our body neeeeds! Adding just a bit more to your daily lifestyle can help your health dramatically. Like I’ve said before, park a little further and walk to your destination, or even squat it out while you brush your teeth. Okay back on track… OUR DIET.
Our body requires certain nutrients in order to work properly so by filling it full of fast food on the regular OR even starving it and going on those crazy iceberg lettuce salad binges, you are not providing it what it needs! Without adequate nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, fatigue, and overall poor performance.
The majority of your calories should be from protein, fruits, veggies, legumes, and grains. Bad eating habits can stick with us for the rest of our lives! Lets teach our kiddos to make better food choices young.
What Should I Be Eating?
Fruits and Vegetables
These are super important to our daily diet because they hold a high amount of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that our organs & tissues need. Fresh fruits and veggies make for excellent snacks! Every season has a new choices to offer; including the kids in on the selection of them helps to bring excitement to eating fruits and veggies.
Meats and beans are a primary source of protein. Proteins are extremely important for proper muscle and brain development. When selecting meats choose lean cuts! Proteins are the foundation of strong and healthy muscles, bones, cartilage, blood, and skin. Want healthy skin and shiny hair, protein can help you out. Too much protein isn’t good so keep an eye on your consumption. I will get more into detail of how much protein is the right amount in another blog post.
Sugar tends to find it’s way into the majority of our meals and is not good in large amounts. This can lead to diabetes and obesity… OH NO!!! Try and prepare your own meals so you know exactly what you are consuming. Another big tip is less snacking and more eating when you’re hungry!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Kim Shapira MS, RD